Neal Dutton has been a long-time active member of the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association. He served as President and President-Elect from 1991-1994. In addition, Neal has served as the Minnesota Representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) and Chair of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice Athletic Trainer's Advisory Council. Neal also worked to help bring the Minnesota Athletic Trainer's Act into law in 1993. He is the recipient of the 1994 MATA Appreciation of Service Award and the 1999 NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award. Neal is involved in several community service committees, has been a speaker at local and national athletic training conferences and was a member of the original MATA Golf Tournament and Awards Banquet Committee. Neal received his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Eastern Washington University in 1979, and his Master's Degree from South Dakota State University in 1980. Since 1980, Neal has been working at Bethel Univeristy in a variety of roles. He began as an instructor in Health and Physical Education and as Bethel's Head Athletic Trainer. He then worked to develop the school's CAAHEP Accredited Athletic Training Education Program in which he serves as program director and clinical instructor. Neal also held the position of Head Baseball Coach during the early 1980's.