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Board of Governors names Lemons vice-chair

Susquehanna president becomes first vice-chair in Board’s history

The NCAA’s Board of Governors took its first step toward restructuring Thursday when the Association’s top governing body named the first vice chair in its history.

L. Jay Lemons, president of Division III Susquehanna University, was appointed vice chair in a unanimous vote of the board during its quarterly meeting in Indianapolis. Lemons, Susquehanna’s president since 2001, is currently the vice-chair of the Division III Presidents Council and is also chair of the division’s Strategic Planning and Finance Committee.

“It is an honor to serve the Board of Governors as vice chair,” said Lemons, whose term will run until January 2019. “This new role signals both the continuing development of the Board of Governors and its intentional effort to share the leadership of the Association with members from all three divisions. I look forward to working with and supporting chair Kirk Schulz and the board. I am grateful for their confidence and the privilege we together share in serving our 1,200 member institutions and 483,000 student-athletes.”

The vice chair position was created at the board’s August meeting as part of broader discussions about the group’s structure. The new position is required to come from a division that is different from the one the group’s chair represents, guaranteeing diversity in divisional representation among the board’s leadership.

It will continue exploring potential changes to its structure in the months ahead by gathering feedback from members. In November, surveys will be distributed to the NCAA membership, as well as members of high-ranking committees, such as: the Division I Board of Directors and Council; the Divisions II and III Presidents councils;  and the Divisions II and III Management councils. The results of those surveys will inform discussions at an NCAA Convention educational session dedicated to exploring changes in the board’s composition.

Any recommended changes to the composition would have to be approved during an Association-wide vote at the NCAA Convention, which could occur no sooner than 2017.