February 05, 2013
Professor Ted Silver named Chairman of Bicycle Advisory Council

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 the 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. In May 2008, Silver and his wife, Dr. Carol Berns, became permanent residents of Banner Elk and is now the Chairman of the Banner Elk Bicycle Pedestrian Committee and one of three Avery County representatives on a regional bike planning committee.

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. Silver is now an adjunct professor for the cycling minor offered by Lees-McRae, 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 help grow the curriculum and support the athletes. I'm excited to make a long-term plan for the advisory council so we can continue to give resources and references to cyclists and help them 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 Committee, please contact Professor Ted Silver at

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