Kennesaw State AD Vaughn Williams Represents Atlantic Sun Conference on Governing Body
NCAA Division I Council Meets in D.C. KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Kennesaw State…
Georgia (Jan 15, 2015) — NCAA Division I Council Meets in D.C.
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams is representing the Atlantic Sun Conference on the inaugural NCAA Division I Council, which began meeting today during the NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C. The new Council, which conducts the day-to-day business of Division I, consists of 40 individuals comprised of athletics directors (AD), conference office delegates, faculty athletic representatives (FAR), senior woman administrators (SWA) and two student-athletes.
Each of the 32 Division I conferences have a permanent seat on the Council which may be filled by an AD, SWA, FAR, conference office or other athletic department administrator. A minimum of 60 percent of the 32 conference seats will be filled by AD's. The additional eight seats are guaranteed slots for four commissioners (one each from the FBS Autonomy five, the FBS non-Autonomy five, FCS and DI), two student-athletes and two Faculty Athletic Representatives.
"I am extremely excited to serve and represent the Atlantic Sun Conference on the Council," Williams said. "As Division I college athletics continue to evolve, it is an honor to be nominated and appointed to serve on the Council with so many distinguished and accomplished administrators throughout the country as we work together to help shape the future.
"The Council is a made up of a diverse group of individuals with varied backgrounds, and I am extremely excited that student-athletes will be at the table with us and have a voice," Williams added. "I am looking forward to the challenges that we will face as a group in approving legislation that will enhance the student-athlete experience while at the same time serving the best interests of the institutions and conferences."
The Council was appointed at the recommendation of a Division I Board of Directors' subcommittee that was seeking an appropriate level of diversity. The Council replaces the current Legislative and Leadership councils and the group's first order of business will be to design the subgroups that will assist in developing legislation, running championships and performing other necessary functions.
"The recently approved redesign of the NCAA governance structure presents a critical crossroads for all of Division I," Atlantic Sun Conference Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. "I believe it gives the entire DI membership an amazing opportunity to be proactive in shaping the future.
"We are very pleased that Vaughn Williams will serve as the A-Sun delegate for our inaugural term on the new Council," Gumbart added. "In his own words, I know he is 'fired up' to meet the challenge, and the A-Sun shares that excitement."
In August, the Division I Board of Directors voted to restructure how schools and conferences will govern themselves and paved the way for student-athletes to have a voice – and a vote – at every level of decision-making.
The new model also grants flexibility to schools in the Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences to change rules for themselves from a list of specific areas within Division I.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.