Harshbarger again named to Phi Beta Lambda National Awards Program Committee

Harshbarger again named to Phi Beta Lambda National Awards Program Committee

3:00 p.m., July 10, 2017
Jason R. Hogue, Director of Communications, Peru State College, jhogue@peru.edu, 402-872-2429


Peru, Nebraska- Peru State’s Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director, Ted L. Harshbarger, has been elected to the Phi Beta Lambda National Awards Program (NAP) committee. He will serve a three-year term on the committee.

Harshbarger has been a member of FBLA-PBL since he studied at Peru State in the 1970s. He has assumed many leadership roles within PBL, including roles in Colorado and as the Nebraska PBL State Advisor for 21 years. Harshbarger had previously served on the Awards Program Committee before serving for four years on the National Board of Directors, including one year as Chairman of the Board.

“Having been off the National Board of Directors for a year, I felt something was missing in what I was doing for the national association,” Harshbarger said.

“I was very pleased to learn from Kelly Scholl, the Education Director at FBLA-PBL, that I was selected to return to NAP for another three years.”

Scholl writes, “Ted Harshbarger has a long history of serving Phi Beta Lambda at the national level, and we are pleased to have him join the National Awards Program Committee.”

“His dedication to PBL will serve our members well as he works with the NAP Committee in making decisions with regard to the future of our competitive events program.”

Ted Harshbarger

Previously, Harshbarger had served on the NAP committee for nine years, making him the longest-serving committee member. His long experience was immediately beneficial as he again acted as a member during the National Conference in Anaheim due to one current NAP member becoming ill.

On the NAP committee, Harshbarger works behind the scenes with the national conferences’ competitive events.  Committee members also help prepare and coordinate the 55 qualifying events with other state advisers. The committee will meet in the fall to review the upcoming program of events and to evaluate old and new events to ensure collegiate members are engaging in the best programs for their needs.

According to the NAP’s national website of events program, “The PBL Competitive Events program is the pinnacle of the membership year. Students compete in over 55 competitions that cover finance, marketing, technology, and much more. Competitions begin at the state level and culminate at the PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC) where the nation’s top students are recognized.”

Some NAP committee members may also be asked to attend or run workshops at the National Fall Leadership Conferences (NFLCs). Harshbarger has experience here, too.

“I know it’s a lot of work, but I also know the importance of the National Awards Program and how it helps to make the National Leadership Conferences successful. Again, just another way for me to give back to an association that I have been a part of since 1974,” Harshbarger said.


Ashley Peiman contributed to this release.