VIDEO STORY: Atlantic 10 Concludes 2016 Winter Business Meeting
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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Atlantic 10 Conference completed its annual Joint Winter Business Meetings Tuesday, with the league’s Directors of Athletics, Faculty Athletic Representatives, Senior Woman Administrators and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting jointly in the Washington D.C., area.
The two-day meeting marked the second year in a row that the SAAC members attended the conference governance meeting, engaging in discussions related to student-athlete time demands, transfer policies and leadership opportunities for professional development.
“Our winter meetings were productive and extremely beneficial, allowing for a great opportunity to share ideas, perspective and recommendations on a variety of important national issues facing intercollegiate athletics generally, and the A-10 specifically,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The engagement of our full governance team from all fourteen member institutions is healthy, and allows for some wonderful sharing of ideas from a very diverse group of administrators, faculty and student-athletes.”
Also in attendance were representatives from the NCAA Regulatory Affairs Division of the NCAA. Oliver Luck, Executive Vice President was joined by Jon Duncan, Todd Leyden and Dave Schnase, vice presidents in Enforcement, Eligibility Center and Academic and Membership Affairs. The NCAA staff met with all attendees, outlining the new structure in place within the NCAA and fielding questions on the key components of membership services within the Eligibility Center, Enforcement Area and Association Membership Affairs Division.
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“Having NCAA leaders attending our meetings and providing a forum for an open discussion with our administrators, faculty and student-athletes was valuable. We were able to provide feedback on the NCAA processes, the role of basketball centric conferences within the new governance structure and our student-athletes were also afforded the chance to have their voices heard on time demand issues,” said Patrick Nero, Athletic Director’s Chair, and Director of Athletics and Recreation at The George Washington University.
In the business session, the Directors voted to adopt an intra-conference transfer policy that will require student-athletes in sports other than basketball to serve one year in residence when transferring between A-10 institutions. The existing men’s and women’s basketball policy, which requires two years in residence, did not change.
The group accepted a proposal from the Richmond Coliseum to extend the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship contract through 2017 and 2018. The Directors evaluated the proposed contract extension and expect to render a decision in the coming weeks.
The Directors commended the student-athlete representatives for their commitment and leadership within the A-10 and renewed an invitation to include SAAC representation at the upcoming Joint Council of Presidents/Athletic Director’s meeting scheduled at the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship.
“The opportunity the Atlantic 10 has provided us, as student-athletes, to participate in conference meetings has been amazing,” said Abbey Miklitsch, a member of the University Rhode Island’s rowing team and the A-10’s representative on the NCAA Division I SAAC. “The opportunity to participate in the decision-making process, and to meet personally, and network, with the leagues administrators and faculty is an invaluable experience.”