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Groups to discuss governance ideas with DI Board

By Michelle Brutlag Hosick

On Oct. 29, the Division I Board of Directors and Presidential Advisory Group will hear presentations from several groups that have ideas for improving how Division I works.

Each of the nine groups will provide a general overview of its vision for the division, and the presentations will be followed by discussion with the board and advisory group. The conversations are expected to guide decisions about the upcoming Division I Governance Dialogue, a town-hall meeting planned for all Division I members. That meeting will take place Jan. 16-17 in conjunction with the 2014 NCAA Convention in San Diego.

Presenting to the presidents who serve within the NCAA’s Division I leadership will be:

  • Coaches’ Associations
    • Beth Bass, CEO, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
    • Kathleen DeBoer, executive director, American Volleyball Coaches Association
    • Jim Haney, executive director, National Association of Basketball Coaches
    • Rob Kehoe, collegiate programs director, National Soccer Coaches Association of America
    • Sam Seemes, CEO, U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
    • Grant Teaff, executive director, American Football Coaches Association
  • Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA)
    • Britton Banowsky, commissioner, Conference-USA; president, CCA
    • Greg Sankey, executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer, Southeastern Conference; secretary, CCA
    • Carolyn Schlie Femovich, executive director, Patriot League; past president, CCA
  • Athletics Directors Groups
    • Mike Alden, University of Missouri, Columbia; and president, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
    • Peg Bradley-Doppes, University of Denver; president, Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association
    • Morgan Burke, Purdue University; president, 1-A Athletics Directors Association
    • Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State University; president, Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association
    • Jim Phillips, Northwestern University
    • Jack Swarbrick, University of Notre Dame
  • Faculty Groups
    • Scott Benson, professor,  Idaho State University; president, Faculty Athletics Representatives Association
    • Michael Bowen, instructor, University of South Florida; chair, Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics Steering Committee
    • Brian Shannon, professor, Texas Tech University, president; 1-A Faculty Athletics Representatives
  • Knight Commission
    • Carol Cartwright, member; president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University
    • Amy Perko, executive director
  • National Association for Athletics Compliance
    • Dan Bartholomae, associate athletics director, compliance and sport services, University of Pittsburgh; second vice president, NAAC
    • Julie Cromer, executive associate athletics director, Indiana University; president, NAAC
    • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Adam Purcilly, baseball student-athlete at St. Peter’s University; vice-chair of SAAC
    • Madeline Salamone, women’s lacrosse student-athlete at Duke University; chair of SAAC
  • Women’s Administrators
    • Patti Phillips, CEO, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators
    • Chris Plonsky, director of women’s athletics, University of Texas at Austin; president, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators
  • Ethnic Minority Administrators and Faculty
    • Lee McElroy, athletics director, University of Albany; representative, Minority Opportunities Athletic Association
    • Benjamin Reese, vice president of the office for institutional equity, Duke University; president, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

The presidents will hear the presentations Oct. 29 and reconvene for discussion during the regularly scheduled board meeting Oct. 30. The Dialogue agenda will be constructed based on information from the presentations as well as feedback from a governance re-design survey sent to many in the membership. Survey responses are due by Nov. 15.

Division I members who want to attend the dialogue event must register through the NCAA Convention registration site  and choose “Division I Governance Dialogue Only” in the first menu. No cost is associated with attending the dialogue, other than lodging and travel. Hotel rooms at the convention rate are available to dialogue attendees. Space at the hotels is limited, so attendees are urged to register early.

Division I members who wish to attend the convention as well as the dialogue should choose their category in the first menu and select the dialogue as one of the options. Those who attend the convention must register and pay the convention registration fee, currently $375. The full, onsite registration rate for NCAA members will go into effect Dec. 7.