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Board of Governors actions

The NCAA Board of Governors on Tuesday (Aug. 7) endorsed a pair of legislative proposals consistent with recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball. A working group composed of NCAA members formulated the Association-wide proposals and brought them to the board in an effort to put the commission’s recommendations into action.

Each proposal is explained below:

Stronger president and chancellor accountability 

The board directed members of Divisions I, II and III to vote on making presidents personally accountable for following NCAA rules. This legislation would require the school president or chancellor to join all athletics staff members in personally affirming the athletics program meets obligations for monitoring rules compliance. The new legislation would reiterate that certification is required for a school to be eligible for the postseason. The school also would have to confirm that when it does not follow NCAA rules, it will cooperate fully with the NCAA and take appropriate corrective actions. 

If approved, this new rule is effective in Division I on Aug. 1, 2019. Divisions II and III will consider the proposal and vote at the NCAA Convention in January. If approved by those divisions, it also will be effective Aug. 1, 2019. 

Public voices

Public members not affiliated with the NCAA or member schools will join the NCAA Board of Governors to bring fresh perspectives and independent judgment. Pending adoption at the NCAA Convention in January, five independent members will be added to the NCAA Board of Governors, which is responsible for oversight of the entire Association. Each member will be nominated by the Board of Governors Executive Committee, approved by the full board and serve a three-year term, which can be renewed once. The terms of the independent board members are longer than those served by school representatives. One member, voted on annually by all the independent members, will serve as a lead independent member and can serve in that role for no more than three years. 

The change to the board composition is effective Aug. 1, 2019, if adopted at the 2019 NCAA Convention.