For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Director of Public and Media Relations
INDIANAPOLIS—More than 3,000 representatives from colleges and universities across the United States will gather in Atlanta next week for the NCAA’s annual convention.
Presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, faculty athletics representatives, conference commissioners, student-athletes and others will meet to discuss and vote on key issues and topics facing higher education and intercollegiate athletics.
The Convention begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, with a full menu of Association-wide educational sessions, including a first-time daylong track devoted to diversity and inclusion. Educational sessions continue on Thursday, Jan. 14, along with governance meetings in all three NCAA divisions and the Convention’s opening business session.
The opening business session features remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a former varsity student-athlete at Harvard University; the annual State of the Association address from NCAA Interim President Jim Isch; and comments from NCAA Executive Committee chair Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University.
The Association also will honor the late NCAA President Myles Brand with the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award for contributions to intercollegiate athletics.
The annual Honors Celebration will be held Friday, Jan. 15, when the NCAA will present former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell with the Theodore Roosevelt Award. Recipients of the Today’s Top VIII, Silver Anniversary Award, Inspiration Award and Award of Valor also will be recognized.
The Convention will be preceded by the third annual Scholarly Colloquium on College Sports, which starts Tuesday, Jan. 12, and features a collection of scholarly research papers that this year focus on how the economy affects all aspects of college sports.
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