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Idaho State professor is first female director of National Debate Tournament

Sarah Partlow LefevreIdaho State University Prof. Sarah Partlow Lefevre has been appointed director of the 2016 National Debate Tournament. She is the tournament’s first female director.

“[NDT] has been a huge part of my life, and I would like to give back to the policy debate community,” Partlow Lefevre said, in a news release. “I am happy to see the tournament moving into the 21st century with having a female director. They have a goal to modernize but also preserve the traditions of the tournament.”

Partlow Lefevre is the director of ISU’s James M. & Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society and professor of communication, media and persuasion. She has hosted or directed 17 debate tournaments around the country including the Cross Examination Debate Association national championships in 2009 and 2013. She has received two awards at NDT: the Lucy Keele Award in 2014 and the George Ziegelmueller Award in 2008.

The 2016 NDT will be held in Binghamton, N.Y. The tournament began in 1947 at the United States Military Academy.

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