RICHMOND, VA -- University of Delaware President Dr. Patrick T. Harker
has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Collegiate
Athletics Association (NCAA) Board of Directors.
The announcement was made as part of the Colonial Athletic Association
Council of Presidents annual conference meetings earlier this week in
Washington, D.C. The CAA concluded its annual meetings on Tuesday with
the group discussing a wide range of topics and giving final approval on
a number of recommendations made by the athletics directors during last
week's Spring Meetings.
Harker, who will begin his sixth year as UD President this Fall, will
serve on the NCAA Board until August, 2016.
"This is a critical time for college athletics," said Harker. "I am
pleased to represent my colleagues and fellow CAA schools as well as the
interests of FCS institutions on the NCAA Board of Directors."
Eighteen members comprised of chief executive officers (CEOs) make up
the NCAA Board of Directors and all 11 FBS conferences have a permanent
seat. Seven FCS and Division I conferences rotate seats. University of
South Florida President Judy Genshaft serves as chair.
The NCAA espouses a collegiate model of athletics in which
student-athletes participate in varsity sports as an avocation,
balancing their academic, social and athletics experiences. The NCAA is
committed to the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship,
diversity and inclusion, amateurism, competitive equity and excellence
in the classroom. The association also believes in presidential
leadership as the guiding force in operating athletics programs.
"This is a tremendous honor to have President Harker represent the CAA
by serving on one of the most influential bodies within the NCAA
structure," said UD Director of Athletics and Recreation Services
Bernard M. Muir. "I know Dr. Harker will lend another strong voice for
the best interests of higher education, intercollegiate athletics, and
most importantly, the student-athlete experience."
Harker became the 26th president of the University of Delaware and was
concurrently appointed a professor of business administration in the
Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and a professor of
civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering.
One year after assuming the presidency of UD, Harker unveiled a
comprehensive strategic plan to ensure the University's place among the
nation's top universities. Key priorities in the plan include energy and
environmental leadership; prolific and intensive research; and
significant international engagement and collaboration. Under Harker's
leadership, UD acquired 272 acres of land that will be developed into a
science and technology campus drawing on University- and
Harker came to UD from Penn's Wharton School, where he had served as the
dean and the Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise
since 2000. He held a secondary appointment in the Department of
Management and the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in
Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and was a senior
fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center. Harker's ascendance
to dean was preceded by roles as interim and deputy dean, and chair of
the Operations and Information Management Department.
In 1981, Harker received his bachelor of science in engineering and
master of science in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In
1983, he earned a master's degree in economics and a doctorate in civil
and urban engineering, again from the University of Pennsylvania.
Among the items addressed by the Council in Tuesday's meetings were:
• Approved the creation and start-up funding for a comprehensive CAA
digital network hosted by the conference's new media partner, the NBC
• Received and endorsed the status report on efforts to increase
• Engaged in a lengthy discussion and reached a conclusion regarding the
conference rule relating to championship participation. Several points
still need additional clarification before the decision will be announced
• Revised the revenue distribution plan to increase the financial reward
for institutions achieving the performance criteria in men's basketball
• Voted to increase the base withdrawal fee for a departing institution
under liquidated damages to $1 million dollars. This increase does not
apply to institutions that have already announced their withdrawal from
In addition to Harker, also appointed were Hofstra University Vice
President and Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway to the NCAA Leadership
Cabinet; Drexel Deputy Director of Athletics Nick Gannon to the NCAA
Championships and Competition Cabinet; UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller as
the Chair of the Council of Presidents; and UNCW Director of Athletics
Jimmy Bass as the CAA President.