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Academic and membership affairs makes changes to senior leadership

New managing directors named to guide department

One group at the NCAA national office is adding three new leaders this month as a result of changes announced by Dave Schnase, vice president of academic and membership affairs.

The change in the senior leadership structure will promote Jennifer Henderson, a longtime director in academic and membership affairs, to managing director. It will also add a new role for Naima Stevenson, a general counsel in the office of legal affairs, who will now be managing director of academic and membership affairs/deputy general counsel. Both appointments are effective today. In addition, Geoff Silver, a former academic and membership affairs and Eligibility Center staff member, will return to the national office as a managing director of AMA starting Feb. 22.

“I am confident the skills and backgrounds of the new managing directors, along with an already talented leadership team, will guide us forward as we continue to do outstanding work in partnership with our membership,” Schnase said.

Since 2007, Henderson has served as AMA’s director of student-athlete reinstatement, where she oversees all aspects of the reinstatement process for Divisions I, II and III. She previously worked as the associate commissioner and general counsel at the Sun Belt Conference and in compliance at the University of Washington and The Ohio State University.

Stevenson has worked at the national office in a variety of roles within legal affairs since 2006. Her diverse duties include advising governance entities, managing outside counsel and directing litigation strategy, and advising national office staff regarding policy and operational matters.

Silver now leads the college sports law group at Jackson Lewis P.C., where he represents member schools, student-athletes and coaches in matters involving NCAA investigations, waivers and student-athlete eligibility. He also conducts athletics department program reviews, including audits of academic support services, and provides advice and counsel to professional sports organizations on matters involving NCAA legislation. Silver previously worked at the NCAA national office as a director in academic and membership affairs and as director of amateurism certification for the Eligibility Center.