August 8, 2000
Director of Media Relations

Amherst, MA - Kevin Graber, currently the sports information director at the University of West Alabama, has been named the sports information director at Amherst College. His appointment is effective August 1.

As Amherst's SID, Graber will present Amherst's athletic programs to prospective students, alumni, and the general public through publications, media relations, and electronic communications, including the Web. He will work with the local media to report game scores and feature stories about Amherst's student athletes, produce recruitment publications for Amherst's 27 varsity sports, produce game programs and media guides, and oversee the sports section of Amherst's Website

Graber joined the University of West Alabama staff in March 1999. While working as the SID, he was elected to the University's Faculty-Staff Senate and served on UWA's Web Committee. He also was appointed by the president to serve on the University's Development Plan Committee.

Before joining the University of West Alabama staff, Graber served as the assistant SID at his alma mater, The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. He also has been director of public relations and marketing for two minor league baseball teams, the Southern Minnesota Stars (in Austin, Minn.) and the Adirondack Lumberjacks (in Glens Falls, N.Y.). Before that, he worked for two years as an assistant account executive with Minolta DIS & Mercycare accounts in Castleton, N.Y.
Graber is vice-chair of the Computer Committee of the College Sports Information Directors Association.

Graber succeeds Sarah Lukaska '99, who held the SID's job as the Ives Washburn Fellowship, a one-year appointment intended for a recent graduate of Amherst College.