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Lees-McRae College Names Professor Ted Silver New Chairman of Bicycle Advisory Council


Feb. 5, 2013. Lees-McRae College is proud to announce Professor Ted Silver as the new Chairman of the Bicycle Advisory Council. The council aims to provide resources and support to the college’s cycling program and athletes as well as the cycling curriculum.

“I think we all feel that [Professor Silver] has the knowledge, experience, and desire to provide great leadership for the Council,” said Lees-McRae College President, Barry M. Buxton. “I am very happy he is assuming this new role and he has my unqualified support.”

A 55-year resident of Miami, Fl., Silver was chairman of the Miami-Dade Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee as well as a member of Randonneurs USA (RUSA), a non-profit organization that supports and promotes long-distance cycling. Before his years as a cycling enthusiast, Silver attended pharmacy school at the University of Georgia and then law school at the University of Miami.

In May 2008, Silver and his wife, Dr. Carol Berns, serendipitously became permanent residents of Banner Elk, N.C. without knowing of Lees-McRae’s 12-year cycling history. Silver, who is chairman of the Banner Elk Bicycle Pedestrian Committee and one of three Avery County representatives on a regional bike planning committee, is now an adjunct professor for the cycling minor offered by the College, teaching classes such as Linear Systems, Product Development and Course Design, and Principles of Cycling.

“Lees-McRae is the first college in the country to offer a curriculum in cycling,” said Silver. “I was available and willing to teach because I want to support the curriculum and the athletes. The Lees-McRae cycling team boasts 10 national team championships and more than 50 individual national titles with most riders racing on the professional circuit as well – they are an incredibly impressive team. I’m excited to make a long-term plan for the advisory council so we can continue to give resources and references to these cyclists and help them grow as students and as athletes.”

The cycling curriculum supports the knowledge and skills of competitive cyclists and enthusiasts, and prepares future generations of cycling professionals. The Cycling Studies minor is designed to provide students with knowledge and hands-on experience in the cycling industry and serves as an excellent complement to other degree programs. 

For more information on the Bicycle Advisory Council, please contact Professor Ted Silver at silvert@lmc.edu

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 850 students hailing from 40 states and more than 10 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service. For more information, please visit www.lmc.edu or call 828-898-5241.