Faculty Athletics Representative
As the Chairman of the FSU Athletic Board, Professor of Law Charles
Ehrhardt is an important link for Florida State with the National
Collegiate Athletic Association and Atlantic Coast Conference.
He has served as President of the ACC and as a member of the NCAA’s
Eligibility Committee and last year he served on the ACC Executive
Committee. Earlier during his tenure as the athletic board chair, he was
elected president of the NCAA’s Faculty Athletic Representative
Association, was a member of the NCAA President’s Commission Liaison
Committee and the Special Committee to Study the NCAA Enforcement and
Infractions Process. He twice served as president of the Metro Conference.
As a Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform
State Laws, Ehrhardt is involved in drafting legislation for a uniform
state law regulating the activities of sports agents.
A highly-respected expert in the field of evidence, Ehrhardt is the
Ladd Professor of Evidence in the Florida State University College of Law,
where he has taught for thirty years. He wrote the Florida Evidence Code,
passed by the Florida Legislature, which regulates the admissibility of
evidence during court trials. Ehrhardt has written books on evidence and
trial objections, which are frequently cited and relied upon by courts.
Ehrhardt is in demand as a lecturer and speaker. He works with
lawyers and judges nationwide as a consultant on evidence matters. He
currently teaches in the areas of torts, evidence, trial advocacy and
sports law. Last year he was honored as the outstanding professor in FSU’s
College of Law, the fifth time he has won the award. He was the recipient
of a University Teaching Award in 1989 and the Professorial Excellence
Award in 1997.
A native of Elkader, Iowa, Ehrhardt received a bachelor’s degree
from Iowa State University. He went on to the University of Iowa, where he
earned his law degree in 1964. Before coming to Tallahassee, he was an
Assistant United States Attorney.
Ehrhardt and his wife, the former Judy Sutton, have three children.