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Emergency legislation regulating DII for-profit schools adopted

Presidents Council adopts proposal to align with recommendations from the Executive Committee

The Division II Presidents Council adopted emergency legislation at its quarterly meeting this week in Indianapolis that would allow for-profit schools as division members and comply with the NCAA’s non-profit status.

The legislation, which is effective immediately, would permit for-profit schools to participate in championship events and receive grants and financial distributions through their conferences, but not directly from the NCAA. However, those members will not be permitted to participate directly in Division II’s governance process, either as voting members during the NCAA Convention or as voting institutional representatives on committees.

The emergency legislation aligns with a recommendation by the NCAA Executive Committee in August to establish those parameters for for-profit institutions in each division.  Five known NCAA members are for-profit schools (including three active Division II members, one school that is reclassifying from Division II to Division I, and one Division III member).  The active Division II members are Post University, Academy of Art University and Salem International University. Grand Canyon University is in the process of reclassifying from Division II to Division I. 

The Executive Committee’s recommendation followed a year of study by a subcommittee comprised of university presidents and chancellors. The subcommittee was charged with determining the impact the membership of for-profit institutions might have on the overall Association’s status as a non-profit supporting organization.

Championships budget requests approved

The Presidents Council approved more than $800,000 of championships budget requests that will focus mostly on expanding championships brackets and squad sizes.

The funds would fulfill 17 requests from governing sports committees if approved by the Division II Planning and Finance Committee in December. If approved, the requests will take effect Sept. 1.

The Presidents Council also approved the Division II Championships Committee’s recommendation for a policy that would require team sports participants who are located within 600 miles of a championship site to use ground transportation for their travel. The change is projected to save $324,000. The savings were factored into the current budget requests.

The Division II Management Council previously approved both championships recommendations.

Managment Council chair, representitives ratified

The Presidents Council ratified the Division II Management Council’s elections for a new chair and six new representatives.

Tim Ladd, the faculty athletics representative at Palm Beach Atlantic University, will serve as the chair of the Management Council in 2015, following the Division II business session at January’s NCAA Convention. Ladd has served on the Management Council since 2011.

In addition to Ladd, the Management Council will add the following new representatives:

  • Thomas Bullock, the faculty athletics representative at the University of the District of Columbia, will serve as the East Coast Conference’s representative. His term is effective immediately.
  • Paul Leidig, the faculty athletics representative at Grand Valley State University, will serve as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s representative. His term is effective after the Division II business session at the 2015 NCAA Convention.
  • Stan Williamson, the director of athletics at the University of West Alabama, will serve as the Gulf South Conference’s representative. His term is effective after the Division II business session at the 2015 Convention.
  • Lindsay Reeves, the director of athletics at the University of North Georgia, will serve as the Peach Belt Conference’s representative.  Her term is effective immediately.
  • Lynn Griffin, the director of athletics at Coker College, will serve as the South Atlantic Conference’s representative. Her term is effective after the Division II business session at the 2015 Convention.
  • Curtis Campbell, the director of athletics at Tuskegee University, will serve as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s representative. His term is effective immediately.
  • Kim Vinson, the senior woman administrator at Cameron University, was reappointed as the Lone Star Conference’s representative, effective after the Division II business session at the 2015 Convention.
  • Pennie Parker, the director of athletics at Rollins College, was appointed as an at-large representative, effective after the Division II business session at the 2015 Convention.

Presidents Council names new chair, representitives

The Presidents Council elected Judith Bense, the president of the University of West Florida, as the council’s chair for 2015, effective at the conclusion of the Division II business session at the 2015 Convention. Bense, who is entering the final year of her Presidents Council term, is also a current member of the NCAA Executive Committee.

The council also elected two new members. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, president of Central State University, was elected to represent Region 3. David Watts, president of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, was elected to represent Region 4.