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Faculty, Athletic Director, Coach


As Cedarville's athletic director from 1961 to 1998, Dr. Callan presided over an increase in varsity programs from two to 14. In 2003, Cedarville's athletic center was renamed the Callan Athletic Center. He was inducted as a charter member into the Cedarville Athletic Hall of Fame as well as those of the NAIA, NCCAA and his alma mater, Taylor University.

One of the hallmarks of Callan's career is that he was a founder of the Missions Involvement Service (MIS) at Cedarville University in keeping with his 50-year commitment to worldwide sports evangelism. According to the MIS (now Global Outreach) web site, “The world needs action. Over the last four decades, thousands of students, faculty, staff, and alumni have stepped up to that challenge and served globally on short-term mission trips.”

Dr. Callan is Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Sport Science.

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Interview Date

Spring 2019

Interview Duration



Dr. Andrew Harris

Video Production

Megan Cvammen

Years of Service


School or Department

Athletics, Department of Kinesiology and Allied Health


Cedarville, history, faculty, athletics


Cedarville University

Interview Location

Cedarville, OH


Higher Education | Sports Studies

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Donald Callan



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