Shirley selected for NCAA Division II Presidents Council

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University President Dr. Steven Shirley has been selected to serve on the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, beginning a four-and-a-half-year term in July 2019.

The Presidents Council is Division II’s highest governing body. Its charge is setting the strategic direction for the division in all areas, including the division’s financial affairs and championships administration. With over 300 colleges and universities in NCAA Division II, approximately 5% of campus presidents are selected to serve on the Council.

“It is an important time in NCAA Division II athletics right now, and I am excited to serve in this capacity for the best interests of our campuses and our student-athletes. Being selected for the Presidents Council is a great privilege, and I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to beginning my term,” Shirley said.

Shirley will begin his sixth year at Minot State in July and just concluded a term as chair of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Board of Directors. Previously, while president at Valley City State University, Shirley served on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents from 2010-2014.

Along with strategic direction, the Presidents Council is also the primary sponsor of legislative proposals at the NCAA Convention.

“I am very excited to have Dr. Shirley represent Minot State University and the NSIC on the NCAA DII President’s Council,” said Minot State director of athletics Andy Carter. “He is a staunch advocate for the student-athlete and their experience and brings a great balance of competitive nature and a high level of strategic thought to the association.”

Minot State became a full member of the NCAA Division II in 2012 and just completed its seventh year competing in the NSIC. Shirley’s appointment marks the first time Minot State will have representation on the Presidents Council.

A Fargo native, Shirley earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and his doctorate in teaching and learning, all from the University of North Dakota. Additionally, he completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management.

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Published: 05/22/19   

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