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Minority administrators participate in seventh Governance Academy

Training offers insight for future Division II athletics leaders

For the seventh straight year, Division II partnered with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association to give young minority and female administrators an up-close look at the Division II governance structure.

Sixteen administrators participated in this summer’s MOAA/NCAA Division II Governance Academy,  held June 14 in Orlando, Florida. The daylong training was held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention and the MOAA Symposium.

Participants in the academy learned how to serve on Division II governance committees, discussed Division II legislative issues and took part in a simulated Management Council meeting. The program is designed to prepare aspiring leaders for future involvement in the Division II governance process.

“The opportunity to experience firsthand a mock committee’s legislative process and learn about the NCAA Division II philosophy and its infrastructure provided me with a better understanding of the NCAA mission for Division II institutions,” said Merlene Aitken, the assistant athletics director for compliance and student services and the senior woman administrator at Clayton State University.

Additionally, Aitken said she valued the opportunity to network with her peers in Division II and was introduced to resources she can use on campus. “As a result of the experience, I feel that I am a better administrator to serve Clayton State University.”

Since it was founded in 2009, 134 Division II administrators have participated in the MOAA/Division II Governance Academy.