- Mahony is the first university leader in the United States to hold a Ph.D. in sport management, the main factor that led Florida State University’s Dean of the College of Education Damon Andrews to nominate him for the award.
- The president traveled to Columbia on Nov. 15 to accept the award, which recognizes a scholar whose research and/or teaching has made a significant positive impact in the fields of sport, entertainment or venue management.
Winthrop University, "President Mahony Recognized With Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award" (2018). Winthrop News 2018. 89.