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					NCAA Governance Structure

                        Terri M. Steeb
                 Director of Division II
•   Association-wide structure
•   Division I structure
•   Division II structure
•   Division III structure

               NCAA Constitution 4
Association-Wide Structure
                        Executive Committee
Responsibilities                                     Members
A. Approval/oversight of budget.                     A. Eight Football Bowl Subdivision members
B. Appointment/evaluation of Association’s              from Division I Board of Directors.
   president.                                        B. Two Football Championship Subdivision
C. Strategic planning for Association.                  members from Division I Board of
D. Identification of Association’s core issues.         Directors.
E. Adopt/implement policy.                           C. Two members from institutions that do
F. To resolve issues/litigation.                        not sponsor football from Division I Board
G. To convene joint meeting of the three                of Directors.
   presidential bodies.                              D. Two members from Division II Presidents
H. To convene same-site meeting of groups within        Council.
   Division I Legislative Council and Divisions II   E. Two members from Division III Presidents
   and III Management Councils.                         Council.
I. Authority to call for constitutional votes.       F. Ex officio/nonvoting—President1
J. Authority to call for vote of entire membership   G. Ex officio/nonvoting—Chairs of Division I
   when division action is contrary to                  Leadership Council and Division II and
   Association’s basic principles.                      Division III Management Councils.
K. Authority to call special/annual Conventions.
L. Review/coordinate catastrophic injury and         1   May vote in case of tie.
   professional career insurance.
M. Compile names of individuals in athletics who
   died in the previous year.
A. Committee on Competitive Safeguards        Association-wide committees
   and Medical Aspects of Sports.             deal with issues that affect all
B. Honors Committee.
C. Minority Opportunities and Interests
                                              members of the Association
   Committee.                                 and perform duties necessary
D. Olympic Sports Liaison Committee.          to the ongoing operation of
E. Postgraduate Scholarship Committee
F. Research Committee
                                              the Association.
G. Committee on Sportsmanship and
   Ethical Conduct.                           Association-wide committees
H. Walter Byers Scholarship Committee.
I. Committee on Women’s Athletics.
                                              are comprised of members
J. Foreign Student Records (Divisions I and   from each of the Association's
   II).                                       divisions and subdivisions of
K. High School Review Committee.
L. Student Records Review Committee.
                                              Division I.
M. NCAA Committees that have playing
   rules responsibilities.
Division I Structure
Division I
                                                                     Committee on Academic Performance (CAP)

Governance                              Board of Directors
                                                                     Infractions Appeals

                          Legislative                Leadership
                          Council                    Council
                            31 members –              31 members –
                            weighted voting           weighted voting

             Amateurism   Championship        Governance                          Financial Aid,
             Cabinet      Sports              and                                 Awards,
   Academic                                                       Cabinet
            21 Members    Management          Administration      21 Members      Expenses and
   Cabinet                Cabinet
   21                                         Cabinet                             Benefits
                          31 Members –        21 Members
                          weighted voting
                                                                                  21 Members
        Division I Board of Directors
• Primary governance body in Division I.
• 18 institutional presidents or chancellors.
• Ultimate legislative authority.
  – Authority to consider any proposal in the annual cycle
    but is not required to do so.
• Board charged with:
  – Establishing working principles for the division;
  – Setting the divisional agenda; and
  – Examining broad policy initiatives.
         Division I Leadership Council
                (31 members)
• Primary policy advisory group to the Board.
• Provide background information, advice and counsel on
  legislative and non-legislative matters.
• Receive authority from the Board.
• Suggest concepts for the legislative agenda.
• National focus rather than a local/conference one.
• 31 members representing the multi-sport conferences.
• Weighted voting (7 FBS conferences 3 votes, 4 FBS
  conferences 1.5 votes and 20 conferences 1.2 votes).
            Division I Legislative Council
                   (31 members)
• Primary legislative body in Division I subject to Board
• Final legislative authority with regard to proposals not
  selected by the Board for further review.
  • Note: Board has authority to consider any proposal in the cycle.
• Charged with:
  • Identifying strengths & weaknesses of proposed legislation;
  • Developing educational materials; and
  • Providing more consistency in the legislative approach.
• 31 members representing each of the multisport conferences.
• Weighted voting.
 Division I Communications/Coordination
• Composed of the 8 Cabinet and Council chairs.
• Charged with coordinating consideration of issues
  and legislative concepts among the various bodies
  and to ensure a high level of communication.
• Conference calls before and after grouping of
• Committee reports found on the NCAA Web site.
  Serves as a good summary of governance
               Division I Cabinets
• 31 members on the Championships/Sports
  Management Cabinet representing each conference.
  – Weighted voting.

• 21 members on each of the remaining five cabinets.
  – 11 representatives from the FBS conferences/10 from the
    FCS/Div. I conferences.
  – Each FCS/Div. I conference has representatives on at least
    two but no more than three of the five remaining cabinets.
  – No more than three meetings per year. September, February
    and June/July.
                    Division I Cabinets
Academic Cabinet                      Administration Cabinet
• Overseeing academic research        • Governance issues;
  and policies;                       • Membership standards; and
• Establishing, managing and          • All committee selections.
  monitoring eligibility standards;
• Serving as the appellate body
  for academic waivers.
                Division I Cabinets
Amateurism Cabinet           Recruiting Cabinet
• Amateurism issues; and     • Bylaw 13/recruiting
• Oversight of amateurism      matters; and
  issues pertaining to the   • Bylaw 11/conduct and
  Eligibility Center.          employment issues.
                 Division I Cabinets
Championships/Sports              Awards, Benefits, Expenses
Management Cabinet                and Financial Aid Cabinet
• Championships administration;   • Bylaw 15/financial aid matters,
• With CSMAS, addressing safety     and
  issues regarding sports         • Bylaw 16/awards and benefits
  participation;                    issues (except championships
• Playing and practice season       awards and travel).
  issues; and
• With OSLC, addressing issues
  regarding international
  competition and work with
Division II Structure
       Division II Presidents Council
• Composed of 15 Division II chancellors and
  – Weighted representation; one chancellor or president
    per region (four total regions) for every 22 institutions in
    that region.
  – Two “at-large” positions to enhance diversity.
  – Appointed to a four-year term.
       Division II Presidents Council
• Main Duties:
  – Establish and direct general policy for Division II.
  – Establish a strategic plan for Division II.
  – Sponsor legislation for the division.
  – Approve, ratify, amend or rescind actions of the
    Management Council.
  – Develop and approve the budget for Division II.
    Division II Management Council
• Composed of 25 athletics administrators,
  faculty and conference office personnel.
  – One administrator or representative from each of
    the Division II voting conferences (22 currently).
  – One administrator or representative representing
    the independent member institutions.
  – Two “at-large” positions to enhance diversity.
     Division II Management Council
• Main Duties:
 • Implement policies adopted by the Executive Committee and
   Presidents Council and take action on matters delegated by the
   Presidents Council.
 • Recommend adoption of legislation to govern Division II.
 • Make interpretations of Division II bylaws.
 • Act on recommendations by Division II and Association-wide
 • Appoint Division II and A-W committee members.
 • Organize and participate in the annual Division II SAAC/MC
 • Act on appeals by institutions of decisions made by staff or other
   committees regarding application of legislation.
 • Recommend the appointment of project teams, subcommittees or
   committees to executive the provisions of the constitution.
Division II Planning and Finance Committee
• Composed of seven members: the vice-chair of the
  Presidents Council; the vice-chair of the Management
  Council; three additional members of the Presidents
  Council; and two additional members of the Management
  Council. Each Council chair serves as an ex officio,
  nonvoting member.

• Duties include:
  • Review of budgetary recommendations related to the
     annual Division II budget and advise both the Presidents
     Council and Management Council regarding the division’s
     financial affairs.
   • Monitor implementation of the DII strategic plan.
    Division II Administrative Committee
• Composed of five members, including the chairs
  and vice-chairs of the Presidents Council and
  Management Council and one additional member
  of the Presidents Council.
• Duties:
   Conducts business necessary to promote the
    orderly administration of Division II between
    Council meetings.
   All actions must be ratified by the Presidents
    Council and Management Council.
                    Division II Committees
Academic Requirements                           Championships Committee (12
Committee (10 members)                          members)
•   Review bylaws that relate to academic       •   Make budgetary recommendations for the
    requirements.                                   conduct of DII championships.
•   Create policies and make legislative        •   Supervise qualification and selection
    recommendations regarding initial-              procedures.
    eligibility, progress toward degree and     •   Act on recommendations from sports
    transfer requirements.                          committees regarding administration of
•   Monitor data-gathering procedures and           championships and process other issues
    report findings.                                related to event administration.
•   Interact with other divisions to monitor    •   Final authority regarding championships
    application of academic issues.                 matters that are subject to appeal.
•   Make recommendations concerning             •   Select sports committee representatives.
    relationships between the Association and
    its members, the secondary school
    community and two-year colleges.
                  Division II Committees
Committee on Infractions (5                Committee for Legislative Relief (5
members)                                   members)
• Consider complaints on failure of
  members to maintain                      • Review waiver requests for
  academic/athletics standards or meet       relief from the application of
  conditions/obligations of
  membership.                                NCAA legislation in situations
• Maintain a statement of established        where no other committee,
  operating policies and procedures,         subcommittee or conference
  including investigative guidelines.
• Determine facts and find violations of     has the authority to act.
  NCAA rules and requirements.
• Impose penalties on those members
  found to be involved in major
• Other duties related to the
  administration of the enforcement
                  Division II Committees
Student-Athlete Reinstatement           Legislation Committee (12
Committee (6 members)                   members)
• Determine matters pertaining to       •   Determine interpretations of
   policies and procedures for              legislation.
   reinstatement of eligibility of a    •   Incorporate legislation and
                                            interpretations into Manual.
   Division II student-athlete who is
   ineligible for intercollegiate       •   Review deregulation with other DII
   competition as a result of a rules   •   Approve supplementary compilations
   violations                               of interpretations.
• Grant waivers of legislation          •   Consider legislative issues related to
   authorized by the Management             financial aid, amateurism,
   Council or membership.                   professional sports relations,
                                            recruiting, personnel limitations and
                                            playing and practice seasons.
                                        •   Consider issues regarding rules
                                            education and compliance resources.
               Division II Committees
Membership Committee (11            Nominating Committee (11
members)                            members)
• Consider issues pertaining to     • Nominate persons for
  Division II membership              vacancies on Division II and
  requirements and                    Association-wide
  membership compliance.              committees.
• Oversee the Division II           • Nominate persons for
  membership process                  vacancies on Division II men’s
• Handle Convention tasks             and women’s sports
  related to Division II business     committees.
  (credentials; voting
  authority; counting votes).
              Division II Committees
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
• Composed of 25 Division II student-athletes
   – One student-athletes from each of the Division II voting
     conferences (22 currently).
   – One student-athlete representing the independent member
   – Two “at-large” positions to enhance diversity.
               Division II Committees
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Main Duties
• Identify issues and initiatives affecting DII institutions.
• Educate conference and campus SAACs.
• Review and respond to issues raised by other committees.
• Participate in the annual convention and the DII legislative process.
• Distribute and collect conference grids.
• Participate in the annual Division II MC/SAAC Summit.
• Represent Division II student-athletes on divisional and A-W
• Participate in 3 in-person meetings per year.
Division III Structure
        Division III Presidents Council
15 members, with at least 2 members from each Division III
geographical region and 7 members serving “at large.”
• At least 2 from colleges with full time undergraduate
  enrollment of 4,000 or more.
• At least 2 from colleges with full time undergraduate
  enrollment of less than 2,000.
• At least 2 from public colleges/universities.
• At least 2 from private colleges/universities.
• At least 3 women.
• At least 3 men.
• At least 2 who are ethnic minorities.
• At least 2 who are not ethnic minorities.
          Division III Presidents Council
• Implement policies adopted by the Executive Committee.
• Establish and direct Division III general policy
• Establish a Division III strategic plan.
• Adopt or sponsor appropriate Division III legislation.
• Delegate management issues to the Management Council; ratify,
  amend or rescind MC actions.
• Ensure gender and ethnic diversity among the membership,
  Management Council and other Division III administrative bodies.
• Make budgetary recommendations to the Executive committee
  related to DIII matters.
• Approve regulations concerning Division III championships
      Division III Management Council
19 members, with at least 2 members who are not S-As from each
geographical region, and comprised of Division III chancellors/
presidents, faculty athletics representatives, directors of athletics,
senior woman administrators, conference reps and student-athletes.
• At least 9 directors of athletics or senior woman administrators.
• At least 2 presidents or chancellors.
• At least 2 faculty athletics representatives.
• At least 3 ethnic minorities.
• At least 8 men.
• At least 8 women.
• Two members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
      Division III Management Council
• Implement policies adopted by the Executive Committee and Presidents
• Resolve DIII issues.
• Division III recommendations to the Presidents Council, including
  budgetary and championships issues.
• Adopt legislation as appropriate.
• Recommend legislation for sponsorship by the Presidents Council.
• Interpretations of Division III bylaws.
• Delegate Division III issues to the substructure and consider
  recommendations from the substructure.
• Review appeals when no other committee, subcommittee or conference
  has the authority to act.
• Administer duties related to the annual Convention business session.
 Division III Strategic Planning and Finance
Composition: 11 members, including the Presidents Council chair; 3
additional members of the Presidents Council; Management Council
vice-chair; 3 additional members of the Management Council;
Championships Committee chair; and two ‘at large’ members not
serving on the Presidents Council, Management Council, or
Championships Committee.

• Recommendations regarding budgetary and fiscal policy requests
  forwarded by the Management Council.
• Monitor and update the strategic plan, consistent with the DIII
  philosophy statement and the NCAA strategic plan.
• Monitor annual budget and report to the Management Council.
   Refer to Constitution 4 and
 Bylaw 21 for more information
on the governance structure and
    committee structure for
       all three divisions.