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Notes: Advisory group reviews membership growth

Aug 6, 2008 8:40:21 AM

The NCAA News

The Division III Chancellors and Presidents Advisory Group will convene tonight for its third annual summer meeting.

The group -- which was formed to establish a more direct line of communication regarding governance issues between the Division III Presidents Council and the leaders of member institutions -- includes representatives from conferences that currently are not represented on the Presidents Council, representatives of the Association of Division III Independents, and the two presidents (Jack Ohle of Gustavus Adolphus and Stuart Gulley of La Grange) who serve on the Division III Management Council.

The primary agenda item for tonight’s meeting is a discussion of a series of “white papers” that are being written under the Presidents Council’s direction to address the division’s membership growth and related issues.

The advisory group will be asked to review and comment on first drafts of the papers, which will cover such topics as Division III philosophy and identity, financial aid standards, membership requirements, academic performance, and budget priorities.

Feedback obtained from the group then will be reviewed by the Presidents Council in its summer meeting Thursday in Indianapolis. The Council plans to share the papers with the Division III membership by September, for the purpose of encouraging further efforts to respond to growth-related challenges.

Ripon’s Joyce joins Presidents Council

Ripon President David Joyce will join the Division III Presidents Council at this week’s meeting, succeeding John Nazarian of Rhode Island College, who retired.

Joyce, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, has 30 years of experience in private higher education, including his five years as president at Ripon. He previously served as president at Union (Kentucky) and also has worked in development and fund-raising positions at Pfeiffer and Vanderbilt.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pfeiffer, a master of divinity in pastoral psychology from the Yale Divinity School, a master of science in psychology from North Carolina State and a doctorate in human resource development from Vanderbilt.

Joyce recently led a $20 million capital improvement initiative at Ripon that resulted in construction of a student residence hall -- the first new building on the campus in more than 30 years -- as well as renovation work. An avid cyclist, he also is championing a program in which incoming freshmen who agree not to bring a car to campus this fall will be given a mountain bike as a reward.

Joyce has served on the Division III Chancellors and Presidents Advisory Group.

Empire 8 selects league president

Elmira President Thomas Meier will serve for the next two years as president of the Empire 8, succeeding Alfred’s Charles Edmondson.

Meier, who also serves as Simeon Benjamin Professor of English Literature at the school, has held the presidency since 1987.

“He has extensive knowledge of the conference, its member institutions and the NCAA,” said Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano. “More importantly, he has a great philosophy regarding intercollegiate athletics’ role in higher education and great vision to help us to continue to develop and thrive as a premiere athletics conference.”

The league also elected Jim Spartano, athletics director at Utica, as first vice president and Russ Rogers, athletics director at Stevens Institute of Technology, as second vice president.

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