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Presidents elect Trible, Harris as leaders

Nov 7, 2008 10:19:45 AM

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Christopher Newport President Paul S. Trible, current vice chair of the Division III Presidents Council, will become chair of that group in January.

Council members also recently elected Widener President James T. Harris to succeed Trible as vice chair.

Trible, who will succeed Franklin & Marshall President John Fry as Council chair at the end of the 2009 NCAA Convention, is a former U.S. Senator from Virginia who now is in his 13th year as president at Christopher Newport. He also served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before serving one term in the Senate.

The Baltimore native, who held federal and state prosecutorial positions in Virginia before his election to Congress, also has been a delegate to the United Nations and a teaching fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney and holds a law degree from Washington and Lee.

During Trible’s chairmanship, the Council plans to continue leading discussions among Division III presidents of a recent series of “white papers” addressing issues related to the division’s growth and diversity. The Council hopes the papers will focus attention on the division’s core philosophical principles and the role and function of presidents in Division III governance, while helping position the division to promote its attributes.

“We’ve learned over the past year, as we carried on an intense discussion about  restructuring, that people are overwhelmingly committed to the philosophy of Division III and overwhelmingly in agreement that what we’re doing is right,” Trible said during a recent interview for a “Faces of the NCAA” profile in Champion magazine. “Going forward, it would seem to me we should seize this moment, when we have (presidents’) attention, and perhaps sharpen our focus – state more clearly what it is we believe.”

Harris, who has been president at Widener since 2002, chaired the Presidents Council subcommittee that authored the white papers earlier this year.

He also is a member of the faculty of the Management Development Program at Harvard, and serves on the board of directors for the National Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education

Harris previously served for eight years as president at Defiance. He began his career in education as a high school teacher in Toledo, Ohio, after earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Toledo. He also holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Edinboro and a doctorate in higher education administration from Penn State.

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