Dr. Charles W. Hale IV, an assistant professor of health and human sciences at Bridgewater College, has been named Educator of the Year by the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (VATA).
Hale will receive the award at the VATA’s annual state meeting in Williamsburg in January.
“I am honored to receive this recognition and thankful to the VATA for their dedication to athletic training education,” said Hale. “As an educator, it’s my desire to mentor, challenge, and support our students to the best of my ability. With God’s blessing, through the support of my colleagues, students, and family, I have been allowed to pursue my passion for teaching.”
The VATA is an organization that is committed to improving the quality of health care for Virginians through education, advocacy and cooperative efforts with other health care professionals and organizations.
Hale, who has taught at Bridgewater since 2002, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health science and health science education from James Madison University, and his doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Shenandoah University. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association and VATA.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to nearly 1,900 undergraduate students.