NCAA GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP
VCU President Dr. Michael Rao represents the Atlantic 10 on the Division I Board of Directors. He began this appointment in October of 2015. Dr. Rao is well-equipped to represent the league on the Board of Directors, having served on the former Division I Presidential Advisory Group (PAG). It is the first time since 2008 the Atlantic 10 has had a representative on the Board, the presidential body with oversight responsibility for Division I. Davidson President Dr. Carol Quillen represents the Atlantic 10 on the Presidential Forum, which replaced the former Presidential Advisory Group. The Presidential Forum serves as the primary advisory entity to the Board of Directors and includes representatives from all 32 Division I conferences. Both Dr. Rao and Dr. Quillen were unanimously appointed to their NCAA Leadership positions by the Atlantic 10 Presidents Council.
DIVISION I COUNCIL
Two Atlantic 10 Conference administrators serve on the NCAA Division I Council. A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade, and Richmond Director of Athletics Keith Gill were chosen for Council, which was formed in January of 2015. McGlade represents the Commissioners of the Division I subdivision, which are the 11 Division I conferences that do not sponsor football. Gill was selected as the Atlantic 10’s official representative. Gill was also selected as the group’s Vice Chair through a vote of the Council members.
NATIONAL LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Dr. Quillen and Gill both serve on important working groups that address issues identified during the 2015 Division I Strategic Summit, which Dr. Quillen and Gill participated in. Dr. Quillen is a member of the Values-Based Revenue Distribution Working Group, which examines how financial distributions to Division I members could better align with the core values of the Association. Gill is a member of the Sport Organizational Structure Working Group, which looks at the components of the multisport sponsorship commitment by Division I schools. McGlade serves on the Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee, which oversees all aspects of women’s basketball. Saint Louis Athletic Director Chris May serves on the Competition Oversight Committee, which is charged with administration of sports other than football and men’s and women’s basketball, and chairs that group’s finance subcommittee. Gill also serves on the Council Coordination Committee and co-chairs the Division I Council Ad Hoc Transfer Issues Working Group. Atlantic 10 Senior Associate Commissioner Debbie Richardson was appointed to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Sport Committee, which oversees the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.
2015-16 ANNUAL REPORT
BERNADETTE V. McGLADE Atlantic 10 Commissioner
Richmond Director of Athletics
STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) again cultivated relationships with campus athletics administrators as well as conference officials by taking advantage of interactive opportunities such as monthly conference calls and the January Joint Meeting to enhance individual leadership skills. The Athletic Directors welcomed the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to participate in the league’s annual January Joint Meetings in Washington, D.C. The two-day meeting marked the second year in a row that the SAAC members attended the conference governance meeting, engaging in discussions related to student-athlete time demands, transfer policies and leadership opportunities for professional development. The A-10 SAAC works alongside the conference’s governance groups, the Directors of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives. The A-10 was the first D-I conference to include student-athletes in governance meetings, and now continues this practice annually. The Directors commended the student-athlete representatives for their commitment and leadership within the A-10 and renewed an invitation to include SAAC representation at the upcoming Joint Council of Presidents/Athletic Director’s meeting. Abbey Miklitsch (Rhode Island, women’s rowing) represents the Atlantic 10 on the NCAA Division I SAAC in 2015-16.
Through the SAAC, the Atlantic 10 again was a partner with the White House and the It’s On Us campaign providing outreach by the league, its members institutions and its student-athletes. The league participated in the Week of Action and supported the campaign through its various platforms and channels. A nationwide movement, It’s On Us is designed to impact campuses by mobilizing the student communities, supporting many student-led efforts and collaborating with private partners. This includes organizations like the Atlantic 10 that have powerful reaches with college students and on campuses.