Thursday, October 27, 2022

Presidents Council Recap


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Presidents Council Recap
by Justin Whitaker, NCAA

In preparation for the 2023 NCAA Convention in San Antonio, the Division III Presidents Council supported many of the recommendations made at last week's Management Council meeting. The Presidents Council met for two days this week at the NCAA's national office in Indianapolis.

The Presidents Council proposed a special rules of order applicable only for the 2023 Division III Business Session at the NCAA Convention. The process, if approved by delegates, will result in establishing the voting order of similar proposals (i.e., playing and practice seasons and council composition) without discussion limitations imposed by the current rules of order. Specifically, the delegates would be able to discuss the merits of the similar proposals followed by a vote to establish the preferred voting order.

The intent of the alternative voting method is to minimize procedural issues during the business session, allow open discussion of generally similar proposals and ensure the opportunity for delegates to vote on their preferred proposal voting order."

Elsewhere ... 

The Presidents Council took official positions on two membership-sponsored legislative proposals.

Because the governance structure has a committee and council composition proposal that was developed based on feedback from the 2022 Division III Membership Survey, the Division III Commissioners Association and the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators, the positions include:

  • Opposing a proposal that each Division III multisport conference will have one representative on either the Presidents or Management Councils and that the conference's slot on either will alternate accordingly. 
  • Opposing amending the composition of the Nominating Committee to include at least one member from each of 10 regions (modeled after the championships regions) to cultivate more committee nominations and appointments representative of the membership.
>> Welcome: The council approved two new appointments in Hiram Chodosh, president at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Laura Trombley, president at Southwestern (Texas). Both begin four-year terms effective immediately. 

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2. Montclair State, Bloomfield Announce Merger

by Susan H. Greenberg, Inside Higher Ed

"Bloomfield College will become part of Montclair State University under a merger agreement the two institutions announced today. Their Boards of Trustees authorized the move to create Bloomfield College of Montclair State University on or before June 30, 2023. 

Until then, Bloomfield College will operate independently, though in close collaboration with Montclair State. Students enrolled at Bloomfield at the time of the merger will be allowed to continue their education at no additional cost, and Montclair State “will make every effort” to provide jobs for current Bloomfield employees, according to a press release announcing the news."

>> Situational Awareness: Montclair State and Bloomfield College are both located in Essex County, about 7 miles apart. The two schools previously said they were working on a plan for a permanent partnership, but had not said if they would formally merge. More than 81 percent of Bloomfield College students are people of color, nearly 70% are Pell Grant eligible and the median family income of students is below $33,000, according to Wednesday’s joint statement.

>> Next Step: The merger will require the approval of the state Legislature. Earlier this year, the state allocated $12.5 million to Bloomfield College to help the campus remain open for the 2022-2023 academic year.

>> What They're Saying: “This partnership could serve as a new national model for how institutions with similar missions can innovate through integration and become partners in ensuring student success instead of competitors,” said Montclair State president Jonathan G. S. Koppell.

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3.  Regional Rankings Released

The second regional rankings for Division III field hockey, soccer and volleyball were released on Wednesday. Here are the top teams by region.

Field Hockey
Babson, Middlebury, Ithaca, Rowan, Johns Hopkins, Salisbury

Soccer (M)
Amherst, Babson, Cortland, Stevens, Messiah, Washington and Lee, Kenyon, Chicago, Gustavus Adolphus, Willamette

Soccer (W)
Williams, MIT, William Smith, Misericordia, Johns Hopkins, Christopher Newport, Case Western Reserve, Calvin, Wartburg, Trinity (Texas)

Volleyball (W)
Wesleyan (Conn.), MIT, Ithaca, NYU, Juniata, Berry, Wittenberg, Washington (Mo.), Northwestern-St. Paul, Claremont-M-S


4.  Jackets Top Preseason Poll

Miles Mallory layup

Defending national champion Randolph-Macon is the preseason No. 1 men's basketball team in the land, according to the poll. Mary Hardin-Baylor, UW-Oshkosh and Christopher Newport also picked up first-place ballots.

  1. Randolph-Macon (17), 33-1
  2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (4), 28-3
  3. UW-Oshkosh (2), 23-4
  4. Christopher Newport (2), 27-3
  5. Oswego State, 27-3
  6. Williams, 19-5
  7. Mount Union, 23-5
  8. WPI, 27-3
  9. Stockton, 26-5
  10. Johns Hopkins, 23-4

>> Conference Call: CCIW (3), NESCAC (3), UAA (3), OAC (2), WIAC (2), ASC (1), C2C (1), Centennial (1), GNAC (1), Liberty (1), MIAC (1), NEWMAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1), SCAC (1), SCIAC (1), SUNYAC (1).

>> Looks Familiar: This is the third consecutive season that the Yellow Jackets have entered the new season ranked No. 1. Randolph-Macon was the first team since Washington (Mo.) in 2008-09 to win the national crown after receiving the preseason top spot.

>> Complete Poll

5.  Lightning Round 


  • Three Division III students are among the 15 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy from the National Football Foundation. Chicago's Nicholas Ambrose, Johns Hopkins' JR Woods, and Saint John's Michael Wozniak will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2022 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments®


  Field Hockey

  Happy Birthday

  • Cake and candles for Cait Connolly, assistant AD, Lasell; Keith Kinsella, director of operations, Stevens; and Sam Trofholtz, assistant swimming and diving coach, Chicago.
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