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Michelle Brutlag Hosick | | July 9, 2015

DI Strategic Summit participants announced

A group of college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty, students and conference commissioners will convene in Indianapolis Aug. 4-5 to build the foundation for the future of college sports.

Participants were invited because of positions they hold in the Division I governance structure or affiliated organizations.

The Division I Strategic Summit participants include all members of the Board of Directors (including the student-athlete, athletics director, faculty athletics representative and senior woman administrator who serve on that group); Presidential Forum members from conferences that do not have representation on the board; the chair and vice chair of the Council; the chairs of the seven standing Council committees, the Committee on Academics and the Committee on Infractions; leaders from affiliated organizations who serve on the Council and the Board of Governors members from Divisions II and III.

The participants (listed below) selected one of four strategic planning groups on which to serve that will study four different aspects of college sports. Each group will use outside experts as needed.

Each of the groups will focus on defining a specific area:

• The Division I collegiate model of amateur athletics, including the key features of the Division I student-athlete experience and use of resources within athletics.
How college sports should assist students while they are in college, including academic achievement and appropriate demands on time.
• How college athletics should assist students to prepare for life after college, including those who wish to pursue athletics through professional pursuits and other high-level opportunities such as the Olympics.
• The overarching principles for how the division should operate, including examining the current subdivision structure and the role of conferences.

Each strategic planning group will present background and analysis of its topic area to the summit participants in advance to help inform the discussion and ultimate creation of principles to guide the division’s decision-making in the future.

Stan Albrecht President Utah State University Mountain West BOG/DI BOD
Jonathan Alger President James Madison University Colonial DI BOD
Mitch Barnhart Director of athletics University of Kentucky SEC Chair, Competition Oversight Cmte, Council
David Belcher Chancellor Western Carolina University Southern Incoming DI BOD
Judith Bense President University of West Florida DII BOG/DII
Gene Block Chancellor University of California, Los Angeles PAC-12 BOG/DI BOD
Frank Bonner President Gardner-Webb University Big South Presidential Forum
Bob Bowlsby Commissioner Big 12 Big 12 Chair, FB oversight Cmte, Council
Dean Bresciani President North Dakota State University Summit Presidential Forum
Robert Caslen Superintendent U.S. Military Academy Patriot DI BOD
Rita Cheng President Northern Arizona University Big Sky Presidential Forum Alternate
Christine Copper Faculty athletics representative U.S. Naval Academy Patriot DI BOD
Alan Cureton President University of Northwestern- St.Paul DIII BOG/DIII
James Danko President Butler University Big East Presidential Forum
Keith Gill Director of athletics University of Richmond A-10 Vice chair, Council
Dan Guerrero Director of athletics University of California, Los Angeles PAC-12 Chair, MBB Oversight Cmte, Council
Phil Hanlon President Dartmouth College Ivy League BOG/DI BOD
Dianne Harrison President California State University, Northridge Big West DI BOD
Sandy Hatfield Clubb Director of athletics Drake University Missouri Valley Chair, Strategic Vision and Planning Cmte, Council
John Hitt President University of Central Florida American BOG/DI BOD
Jeremy Howell Faculty athletics representative University of San Francisco West Coast Presidential Forum Alternate
Eric Kaler President University of Minnesota Big Ten DI BOD
Timothy Ladd Faculty athletics representative Palm Beach Atlantic University DII BOG/DII
David Leebron President Rice University Conference USA BOG/DI BOD
L. Jay Lemons President Susquehanna University DIII BOG/DIII
Jean Lenti Ponsetto Director of athletics DePaul University Big East Chair, DI WBB oversight committee, Council
Fr. James Maher President Niagara University Metro Atlantic Presidential Forum
Rod McDavis President Ohio University MAC BOG/DI BOD and Chair, Committee on Academics
Jack Miller President Central Connecticut State University Northeast Presidential Forum Alternate
Jane Miller Senior woman adminsitrator University of Virginia ACC DI BOD
Horace Mitchell President California State University, Bakersfield WAC Presidential Forum
Don Oberhelman Director of athletics California Polytechnic State University Big West Chair, DI Legislative Cmte, Council
Phillip Oldham President Tennessee Technological University Ohio Valley Presidential Forum
Dustin Page Committee Rep - DI SAAC Northern Illinois University MAC Council, Chair, DI SAAC
Daniel Papp President Kennesaw State University A-Sun BOG/DI BOD
Harris Pastides President University of South Carolina SEC Chair, DI BOD, BOG
Baker Pattillo President Stephen F. Austin State University Southland BOG/DI BOD
Steve Perez Faculty athletics representative California State University, Sacramento Big Sky Council, FARA President
G.P. (Bud) Petersen President Georgia Institute of Technology ACC DI BOD
Carol Quillen President Davidson College A-10 Presidential Forum
Lori Runksmeier Director of athletics New England College DIII BOG/DIII
Greg Sankey Commissioner SEC SEC Chair, DI Committee on Infractions
Joseph Savoie President University of Louisiana at Lafayette SunBelt BOG/DI BOD
Bob Scalise Director of athletics Harvard University Ivy League Chair, Student-Athlete Experience Cmte, Council
Kirk Schulz President Kansas State University Big 12 BOG/DI BOD Chair
Steve Scott President Pittsburg State University DII BOG/DII
Brian Shannon Faculty athletics representative Texas Tech University Big 12 Council, IA FAR Chair
Cliff Smart President Missouri State University Missouri Valley DI BOD
Kendall Spencer Student-Athlete University of New Mexico Mountain West DI Board, DI SAAC
Samuel Stanley President Stony Brook University America East DI BOD
Harry Williams President Delaware State University MEAC Presidential Forum
George Wright President Prairie View A&M University SWAC DI BOD
TBD Horizon League Presidential Forum Alternate    

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