by Kane McGuire
Tech to enter league on July 1, 2013
Dr. James Liberatos enters his 16th year as faculty athletics representative for Louisiana Tech University.
Since arriving at Tech in 1989, Liberatos has been responsible for so much more than just molding young minds as a professor of biology. In 1996, he was named a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Council and in 1998 was elevated to chair of the council. Also in 1998, Liberatos started serving as chair of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
As faculty representative, Liberatos has been designated by the university to serve as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. He does so to ensure that the academic institution establishes and maintains the appropriate balance between academics and intercollegiate athletics.
In 2002, Liberatos gained even more responsibilities as he was named dean of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Liberatos earned a bachelor of science in biology from the College of Charleston in 1980. He continued his education at Florida State University earning a master's in science in 1982 and a PHD in biology in 1986.
Liberatos is an avid swimmer who also enjoys fishing. He and his wife Beth have been married since 1988 and have two sons, Jim and Nicholas. Jim graduated from Louisiana Tech in February of 2013 while Nicholas is currently enrolled at the University.