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DII CCA honors NCAA’s Steeb-Gronau with Award of Merit

Terri Steeb-Gronau, NCAA director of Division II, has been chosen as the 2011-12 recipient of the Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association’s Award of Merit.

The Award of Merit is the DII CCA’s highest honor presented and is reserved for those who have made the most exceptional contributions to the entire Division II membership and student-athletes.

Steeb-Gronau has been at the NCAA for 12 years and became director of Division II in October 2004. She works with various groups and committees within the Division II governance structure, including the Division II Presidents and Management Councils. She also manages the Division II budget and oversees the implementation of various Division II strategic initiatives, including the National Championships Festivals, communication and policy-making strategies, and the division’s strategic plan.

“Terri has worked tirelessly to make continuous improvements to Division II and is always available to respond to questions from commissioners or member institutions,” said DII CCA President Butch Raymond of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. “She is a key contact for the DII CCA, and we are thankful for her continued support.”

Steeb-Gronau received the 2011 David Knight Award recognizing exceptional service and dedication to the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association and was a finalist for the 2010 Junior Achievement Best and Brightest Award.

She is a graduate of the 2009 NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute and the 2006 NACWAA/HERS program. In addition, Steeb-Gronau is a 2008 graduate of the Hoosier Fellows Program.

Previous winners of the DII CCA Award of Merit include:

  • Noel Olson, former commissioner of the North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1998-99)
  • Bob Vanatta, former commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference (1999-2000)
  • Fred Jacoby, former commissioner of the Lone Star Conference (2000-2001)
  • Sonny Moran, former athletics director at Morehead State (2001-2002)
  • Bill Moore, former commissioner of the New England Collegiate Conference (2002-2003)
  • Mike Racy, NCAA vice president for Division II (2003-2004)
  • Adam Herbert, former president of North Florida (2004-2005)
  • Kent Wyatt, former president of Delta State (2005-2006)
  • Don Landry, former commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference (2006-2007)
  • Charles Ambrose, former president of Pfeiffer and current president of Central Missouri (2007-2008)
  • Arend D. (Don) Lubbers, former president of Grand Valley State (2008-2009)
  • Doug Echols, former South Atlantic Conference commissioner (2009-2010)
  • Tom Brown, former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference commissioner (2010-2011)