MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
I hope this quarterly update finds you and your campus well as the spring semester commences. It is with great honor that I begin my service as the Division III Presidents Council chair. It has been a privilege to serve with outgoing chair, President Jeff Docking of Adrian, and I thank him for his exceptional leadership the past two years. I also thank all departing members for their hard work and dedication to this Council. This quarterly update highlights the recent 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, FL, including a legislative review and other items of interest.
NCAA BOARD OF GOVERNORS TO ADD FIVE NEW INDEPENDENT MEMBERS
The membership adopted the Association-wide proposal to add five independent members to the Board of Governors (BOG). The five independent voting members will not be salaried employees of an NCAA member institution, conference or affiliated organization. To assist with the nominations process, the BOG has contracted a third-party search firm, Heidrick and Struggles, to coordinate the nomination process and vet candidates. The BOG Executive Committee, which includes presidents and chancellors from all three divisions, is the nominating committee for independent board members and will
make recommendations to the full board for approval. Nominations are currently being accepted. If you have nominations, or know someone who would like to nominate themselves, the name and contact information should be sent to NCAABOG@heidrick.com. Review of nominations has begun and will conclude on February 22, 2019.
SKYLINE PROPOSAL UPDATE
The Presidents Council discussed a letter and proposal from the Skyline Conference declaring that the current Division III governance process is “broken” and requesting that it be recalibrated. In their discussion, Presidents Council members noted that the 2018 membership survey results indicate the division is functioning well; the division’s current federated structure allows it autonomy from other divisions to control its bylaws and policies; and there is a process that permits for legislative change, which can be instigated either by the membership or the governance structure. As
such, the Presidents Council determined that there is no need to call for a comprehensive review by the Division III governance structure that would dramatically restructure the division. The Council expressed gratitude to the Skyline presidents for their interest in seeking to improve Division III and issued a formal written response recapping its discussion and outcome.