Twenty-three Division II minority athletics administrators this month got a taste of the NCAA committee experience in a program designed to facilitate their future leadership and involvement.
For the sixth year, Division II partnered with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association to host the Governance Academy, a daylong event where selected administrators learned about the division’s governance processes. This year’s event was held on June 8 in Orlando in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention and the MOAA Symposium.
“The resources that are provided during the Governance Academy show rising individuals the importance of being involved outside of their institution’s campus, and it gives them avenues of how they can become involved,” said Peggy Davis, Athletics Director at Virginia State University and a member of the MOAA executive board of directors.
Part of the day’s activities included a simulated Management Council meeting that generated discussion on current issues within the division. After participating in the meeting, Erienne Roberts, the assistant athletic director for compliance at Slippery Rock, said she feels more prepared to seek a seat on an NCAA committee down the road. “The information they gave was informative, but it wasn’t overwhelming,” Roberts said.
“It seemed like it was possible and do-able for people to serve on these committees. I think it was a great experience.”