INDIANAPOLIS -- Greg Christopher, director of intercollegiate athletics at Bowling Green State University, will serve as chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee during the 2011-12 academic year. The appointment was made by the committee and confirmed by the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet.

Currently serving his third year as a member of the committee, Christopher will be the first male to serve as committee chair. He will succeed current chair Dr. Marilyn McNeil, vice president/director of athletics at Monmouth University on Sept. 1.

“My work on the committee over the last three years has been a great opportunity for me personally and professionally,” Christopher said. “It’s an honor to be selected by my fellow committee members to serve in this important role and I am looking forward to our continued work together in guiding our championship.”

Christopher is in his fifth year at Bowling Green after being named the 12th full-time athletic director in school history in July of 2006. He oversees an 18-sport program that is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Bowling Green is one of 13 programs in the country which sponsor Division I-A football and compete in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey on the Division I level.

A native of West Lafayette, Ind., Christopher came to Bowling Green after spending nearly a decade at Purdue University in his hometown where he was associate director of athletics for external relations and director of the John Purdue Club.

A football student-athlete at Miami University (Ohio), Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the university in 1988, later earning his master’s of business administration from the institution in 1991.

Christopher is a member of the MAC External Relations Committee, current chair of the CCHA Council and is the women’s basketball administrative chair for the MAC. Christopher is active in Northwest Ohio with the Bowling Green Community Foundation and the American Red Cross.

“Greg was an excellent choice to serve as chair of the committee as he has a great deal of administrative experience, is a strong advocate for women’s basketball and is a proven champion of the student-athlete,” said Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president of Division I Women’s Basketball. “The committee has a unique opportunity to provide a meaningful championship experience for student-athletes and Greg will provide leadership and vision to the committee.”