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Greer assumes leadership of ODAC presidents

Aug 27, 2008 10:26:42 AM

The NCAA News

Virginia Wesleyan President William T. “Billy” Greer will chair the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s Presidents Council during the next two years, taking his place among a series of conference leaders that includes two presidents who have gone on to assume NCAA leadership roles.

Greer, who also will serve on the ODAC Executive Council headed by Sweet Briar Athletics Director Kelly Morrison, succeeds Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren as council chair. Emory & Henry President Rosalind Reichard will serve as chair-elect.

Other predecessors in the position include Phil Stone of Bridgewater (Virginia), who later served as chair of the Division III Presidents Council, and Walter Bortz of Hampden-Sydney, currently a Division III Presidents Council member.

“I take this position as a very high honor, and I hope I provide effective leadership and support for our ODAC commissioner (Brad Bankston), who is doing a terrific job,” Greer said.

Bankston said the league will benefit from Greer’s experience -- he has been president at Virginia Wesleyan since 1992 - and from his “keen interest” in maintaining the conference’s focus on creating a positive student-athlete experience while balancing academics and athletics.

“The conference is extremely fortunate to have member presidents actively involved in the operations of the league,” Bankston said. “Bridgewater’s Phil Stone began the transition leading the conference CEOs down this path.”

Greer, a native of Georgia, became Virginia Wesleyan’s second president in 1992, following presidencies at Brevard (North Carolina) and Andrew (Georgia). Before his career in higher education, Greer served as a United Methodist minister.

“I am excited that my conference colleagues will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Greer and feel certain that his forward-thinking management of our board of directors will complement the work already accomplished by his predecessors,” said Virginia Wesleyan Athletics Director Joanne Renn.

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