In the midst of her fifth year as Penn's Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun was named chair of the NCAA Division I Council Strategic Vision and Planning Committee on Wednesday.
Since her appointment to the Division I Council in July of last year, Calhoun had served as vice-chair of the committee. She joins Steve Perez, a Faculty Athletics Representative from Sacramento State, as the second committee chair, and her term in the position will run until June 2021.
The committee is responsible for administering and managing the Division I governance structure. Calhoun now wields considerable influence in how the NCAA operates its business and legal affairs, planning and allocation of research funds, membership activities and reclassification, and other health and safety matters.
"I'm honored to serve the NCAA, its institutions, and most importantly the student-athletes, as the chair of the Strategic Vision and Planning Committee," Calhoun said in a press release. "I continue to be passionate about the holistic development of young adults through athletics participation, and I believe that the educational value of intercollegiate athletics should be paramount in our decision-making. The committee has a great responsibility to shape the future of the rapidly-changing NCAA Division I landscape, and I know that we are up to the task."
The committee's goals for the coming year include working with the Division I Board of Directors Finance Committee to look over the Division's financial sustainability, as well as reviewing the policies in effect regarding the agent certification program for basketball.
In addition to her role on this committee, Calhoun's long history with the NCAA also includes serving as chair of other groups: the Apparel Companies Working Group, which is part of the NCAA's Commission on College Basketball, and the former Awards, Benefits, and Financial Aid Cabinet. In addition, she was a member of the former Committee on Academic Performance and a board member of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA).
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