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Executive Committee changes name, clarifies role

Renamed Board of Governors will focus on strategic role

The NCAA Executive Committee voted Wednesday to change its name to the NCAA Board of Governors, a term commonly used for groups that oversee higher-education associations.

The name change, made during the committee’s quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, was part of a proposal designed to clarify the role of the committee — the NCAA’s highest-ranking governance body — and affirm its strategic purpose amid the changing landscape of college sports. The new name marks the first change since the committee was established in 1997 to oversee the functions of the overall Association.

The proposal did not change the group’s role, but instead recast the Board of Governors’ responsibilities around four areas of focus to reinforce its purpose: protecting the ethical and fiscal integrity of the NCAA, the integrity of the collegiate model and the integrity of the national office. The specific responsibilities under those areas include:

  • Preserve and enhance the collegiate model of college sports.
  • Uphold the NCAA as a higher-education association.
  • Provide strategic vision for the Association and uphold its principles.
  • Ensure the long-range health of the Association.
  • Uphold the health and safety and well-being of student-athletes.
  • Oversee the national office’s functions.
  • Protect the autonomy of the membership.

The committee has discussed its role and composition throughout the year. It  will continue to gather input from the membership and explore potential changes to the makeup of its members during its January meeting at the NCAA Convention.

Gender Equality Task Force

The Executive Committee also approved the charter of the Gender Equity Task Force, which will provide periodic reports to the new Board of Governors with the goals of monitoring the Association’s gender equity performance and developing recommendations for improvements.

The group’s members will be pulled from a current task force that has been supported by the Executive Committee for the last year. In August, that group presented to the Executive Committee a report that indicated women hold less than 40 percent of head coaching positions and less than 50 percent of assistant coaching positions in women’s sports. The report also found that male student-athletes were overrepresented by 7.3 percent or more in each division when compared with their school’s undergraduate enrollment representation, and that women represented 28 percent or fewer of the NCAA’s athletics directors in each division.

The task force will engage NCAA member schools, student-athletes, NCAA committees, the media and affiliate organizations and identifying gender equity strategies that will improve the environment in intercollegiate athletics for women.