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DII Governance Academies to get makeover

Division II athletics administrators attended the 2019 Minority Opportunities Athletics Association/Division II Governance Academy.

Since 2009, the Division II Governance Academies have provided a foray into NCAA committee experience for nearly 400 Division II ethnic minority or female athletics administrators. Designed to encourage participants’ involvement in the governance process, the academies have served as a launching pad for dozens of administrators who have gone on to join Division II committees and lead at the national level.

Now program leaders are exploring ways to take the programming to the next level in the new decade. In February, a focus group of Division II administrators will provide feedback and help shape the future of the academies.

Division II partnered with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association to host the first Governance Academy more than 10 years ago in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association Symposium. In 2012, the division added another Governance Academy, held at the Women Leaders in College Sports Convention each October, in partnership with Women Leaders. Both academies span about six hours and typically include education on the NCAA governance structure, an abbreviated mock Division II Management Council meeting, roundtable discussions and a panel of Division II speakers who have served on NCAA committees. Every Division II conference is invited to send a participant.

In addition to the education, participants often benefit from the connections made over a short time, says Ann Martin, NCAA assistant director of Division II governance. “One really great thing is that usually this is the first time they have either attended MOAA or Women Leaders, and this is the kickoff event to those conventions for this group of folks, so they have an immediate network of people to be around at the convention,” Martin says.

The next Division II Governance Academy sporting a refreshed agenda will kick off in June ahead of the NACDA Convention in Las Vegas.

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