McPhee appointed to NCAA Division I Board of Directors

Also on committee from 2003 to 2007

July 17, 2010 · Sun Belt Conference

NEW ORLEANS - The Sun Belt Conference announced today that Middle Tennessee President Sidney A. McPhee will serve as the conference's representative on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.

McPhee replaces former Louisiana-Monroe President Jim Cofer, who recently accepted the position of president at Missouri State. McPhee will serve Cofer's remaining term which runs through April 2013.

McPhee previously served on the committee from 2003 to 2007.

"Dr. McPhee was chosen to represent the Sun Belt Conference because of his outstanding leadership both within the league and on a national level," said Sun Belt Commissioner Wright Waters. "His previous experience on the Board of Directors will ensure that we have a veteran leader who understands not only the structure and organization of the NCAA, but the relevant issues as well."

McPhee will be one of 18 voting members on the Board of Directors, which is the highest governance body in Division I and is composed of campus presidents and chancellors.

"It is both exciting and humbling to be selected a second time to this prestigious NCAA committee," said Dr. McPhee. "This committee establishes strategic plans for Division I athletics and reviews and sets policy for the division. It will be an honor and a pleasure to represent the Sun Belt Conference in this important duty."

McPhee, who has also served two terms as president of the Sun Belt Conference, is one of only 11 FBS members from the Division I Board on the Executive Committee, which also includes seven FCS and Division I conferences which rotate seats.

"Dr. McPhee's re-appointment speaks volumes to his leadership and how well-respected he is amongst presidents and athletic directors not only throughout the Sun Belt Conference but nationally as well," said Chris Massaro, Director of Athletics at Middle Tennessee. "He has great vision and is very in tune with the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics. This is the most powerful and influential committee one can serve in the NCAA and it can only help the Sun Belt Conference for Dr. McPhee to complete Dr. Cofer's term."

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