Office/Department: Human Performance, Sport, and Health
Location: Physical Education Complex 224
Phone: (218) 755-2083
Box #: 29
Eric Forsyth is a full professor at Bemidji State University. He received his doctorate in sport administration, with a minor in marketing management. He is a founding member of the interscholastic athletic administration graduate curriculum standards endorsed by the National Association for Sport & Physical Education and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). In addition, he received the distinction as a certified master athletic administrator through the NIAAA certification program. Through all these endeavors he has had the privilege of working with several ‘key players’ within the interscholastic sport arena. Eric’s most memorable role was having the distinct pleasure in serving as president of the Minnesota AAHPERD Association.
- Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
- M.A., San Francisco State University
- B.A., San Francisco State University
- A.S., Casper College
- Certified Master Athletic Administrator, awarded Fall 2015
- Certified Athletic Administrator, awarded Spring 2012
- Introduction to Sport Management
- Socio Culture & Ethical Issues in Sport
- Sport Business Management
- Sport Economics
- Sport Finance
- Sport Marketing
With a passion for interscholastic sports, Eric has engaged in over 150 scholarly works. He has published in both juried and trade journals, presented at various conferences on the national and international level, written several text chapters on issues related to high school athletics, and served as co-editor for a textbook with a focus on the administration of interscholastic athletics.
He is currently working on two research studies to identify current issues within high school sports; a state perspective, and a national perspective.
- Forsyth, E., National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. In Dodds, M. & Reese Jr., T. (2015). Sports Leadership: A Concise Reference Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media. pp. 163-164.
- Whisennant, W., Forsyth, E., and Martin T. (Chapter 7). Interscholastic Sports. In Pedersen, et al. (5th Edition, 2014). Contemporary Sport Management. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. pp. 164-189.
- Blackburn, M., Forsyth, E., Olson, J. and Whitehead, B. (2013). NIAAA’s Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 392 pages.
- Forsyth, E. (2013). Contemporary Issues Surrounding Interscholastic Sports: Parents Issues. Indianapolis, IN: National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association. Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring, 16-17.
- Forsyth, E. (Chapter 6). Budget and Supplemental Fund Raising. In Leadership Training Course Text 799 (2013). Standards of Excellence in Interscholastic Programs. Indianapolis, IN: National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. p. 93-96.
- Forsyth, E. & Olson, J. (Introduction). Challenges in Today’s Interscholastic Sport Administration. In Blackburn, et al. (2013). NIAAA’s Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, pp. ix-xvi.
- Forsyth, E. & Olson, J. (Closing). The Future of Sports in Schools. In Blackburn, et al. (2013). NIAAA’s Guide to Interscholastic Athletic Administration. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, pp. 361-368.
- Forsyth, E. (2012). Contemporary Issues Surrounding Interscholastic Sports: Finance Issues. Indianapolis, IN: National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association. Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall, 16-18.
- Forsyth, E., Brand Image. In Swayne, L.E. & Dodds, M. (2011). Encyclopedia of Sports Management & Marketing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp 152-153.
- Forsyth, E. (Chapter 5). Mossy Oak. In Lee, J. (2010). Branded: Branding in Sport Business. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. pp. 39-48.
- Lee, J., Forsyth, E. & Bruce, E. (Chapter 29). Bass Pro Shops. In Lee, J. (2010). Branded: Branding in Sport Business. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. pp. 267-275.
On a personal note: When he is not in the classroom, you can bet Eric is in the woods during the hunting season. He has even written stories on his bear hunting adventures, which appear in outdoor magazines. He is a member of the ‘Iron Butt Association’ for riding his motorcycle 1,000 miles in under 24-hours; three times. Furthermore, he is a member of the ‘Motorcycle Road Warrior Association’ having logged over 75,000 miles. After a 35-year hiatus, he has also started playing the drums again. Most importantly, when all is said and done … if his wife can say he was a good husband and his kids can say he was a good dad, then he believes he has truly accomplished something.