TAMPA - University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft has been elected chairperson of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. She received the unanimous vote of all the campus presidents and chancellors who comprise the board at its Aug. 13 meeting.
"From an athletics standpoint, we cannot overstate the magnitude of this honor for President Genshaft. This is a personal and professional accomplishment for the president, and a point of pride for the entire USF community," Athletic Director Doug Woolard said. "What a statement on the growth of the USF brand, both academically and athletically, that our leader will represent the Bulls at the highest level of NCAA governance."
Genshaft will assume her responsibilities as chairperson of the 18-member board at the same time the NCAA President-Elect, Mark Emmert, begins his tenure in October. She will serve through April 2012.
Emmert stated, "I look forward to working with Judy as chair of the Division I Board of Directors. Judy's institutional experience on a number of campuses and her leadership skills as a university president are valuable assets to the board and the NCAA at a time when many critical issues will be before us. Judy is the right person at the right time, and we're grateful she is willing to take on this assignment."
In outlining his priorities for the organization, NCAA President-Elect Emmert and current president of the University of Washington said the organization will continue to focus on the academic and athletic success of student-athletes, providing the platform for NCAA member institutions to govern intercollegiate athletics, and maintaining the office's obligation to engage society beyond athletics and higher education.
"It's an honor to be selected for this prestigious position with the NCAA, an organization committed to the academic success of student-athletes. I look forward to serving in this new role and working with Mark Emmert to further the goals and achievements of the NCAA," said Genshaft.
The NCAA is made up of three membership classifications that are known as Divisions I, II and III. Each division creates its own rules governing personnel, amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, benefits, financial aid, and playing and practice seasons - consistent with the overall governing principles of the association. Every program must affiliate its core program with one of the three divisions.
The NCAA espouses a collegiate model of athletics in which student-athletes participate in varsity sports as an avocation, balancing their academic, social and athletics experiences. The NCAA is committed to the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship, diversity and inclusion, amateurism, competitive equity and excellence in the classroom. The association also believes in presidential leadership as the guiding force in operating athletics programs.
"On behalf of the BIG EAST Conference, I would like to take this opportunity to genuinely congratulate Judy, wish her the best of luck as she undertakes this very important and challenging endeavor and pledge to her the full support, assistance and cooperation of our office," said John M. Marinatto, Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference. Genshaft had been serving as the BIG EAST Conference representative to the NCAA Board of Directors since 2009.
The NCAA press release announcing Genshaft's new position can be found on the NCAA website.
Courtesy USF Athletics