Ming Li

The late Dr. Ming Li (1959-2022), was professor and dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Guangzhou Sport University, his master’s degree in education from Hangzhou University, and his doctor of education degree in physical education (sport administration) from the University of Kansas. His research interests were in financial and economic aspects of sport and in management of sport business in a global context. He has published more than 30 articles in refereed journals, numerous book chapters and three books: Economics of Sport, Research Methods in Sport Management, and International Sport Management. He has made numerous refereed presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Li served as President of the Chinese American Deans and Presidents (CCADP), as President of the Michigan Council for Deans of Public Colleges of Education, President of the Alliance for Sport Business (ASB), Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), and President of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). He also served on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including Journal of Sport Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly, and International Journal of Sport Management. Dr. Li was an honorary guest professor of a number of institutions in China, including Sun Yat-sen University, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing Sport University, Tianjin University of Sport, and Guangzhou Sport University. He was the recipient of the Taylor Dodson Award given by the Southern District American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), both the Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award and the Diversity Award bestowed by NASSM, the Founding President Award presented by ASB, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Guangzhou Sport University, and the 2017 Giving Back Diversity Leadership Award recognized by the Insight into Diversity Magazine. Dr. Li worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) as an Olympic Envoy in 1996. In November 2011, he served as a consultant for the sports department of the Organizing Committee for the Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China. Professor Li’s photo appears courtesy of Western Michigan University. Dr. Li passed away on August 4, 2022.