COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West Board of Directors (BOD) wrapped up its annual meeting today in Colorado Springs, Colo. Over the course of the three-day gathering, the institutional Presidents focused primarily on the revisions proposed for the NCAA Division I Governance Structure.
The BOD continued its work toward developing the Conference’s positioning in the evolving intercollegiate athletics model, including its engagement with all pertinent parties. It was the sense of the MW Presidents that the NCAA Division I Steering Committee report regarding the new governance structure was directionally correct and the BOD reaffirmed its plans to respond as requested by the June 30 deadline. In the weeks ahead, the Mountain West intends to continue its collaboration with its fellow Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference colleagues in refining and communicating a consensus position regarding the plan for the NCAA Division I Governance Structure.
Paramount in this process has been the Mountain West’s focus on enhancing the well-being and overall experience of its student-athletes. This goal was further realized by the historic participation of MW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members Kendall Spencer and Emma Dridge (MW SAAC-BOD Release) in the BOD’s meeting this week. The MW Presidents heartily endorsed the enhanced role and voice of student-athletes in future governance activities.
The BOD also received a report on the first-year success of the Mountain West Network (MWN), the Conference’s innovative digital platform. Launched less than a year ago, the MWN far exceeded the number of live events initially projected and has posted impressive distribution numbers. The MW Presidents discussed utilization of the Network for academics, fine arts and other campus initiatives to build upon what has been achieved thus far in the athletics arena.
Finally, the members of the Mountain West Board of Directors Executive Committee were named for 2014-15. Boise State University President Robert Kustra will chair the BOD during the next academic year. He will be joined by outgoing chair Marc Johnson, President at the University of Nevada, Reno; incoming chair Elliot Hirshman, President at San Diego State University; Colorado State University President Tony Frank, the MW representation to the College Football Playoff Board of Managers; and Utah State University President Stan Albrecht, the MW’s representative to the NCAA Board of Directors.
–Mountain West Conference