The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has appointed the first members to serve on the Division I Council and for the first time, student-athletes will cast votes on NCAA rules.
The Council is charged with conducting the day-to-day business of Division I. At its first meeting in January 2015, the Council will elect an athletics director to chair the group. That person will also serve on the board.
HBCU's will have two representatives on the 40 member council with the appointment of Mississippi Valey State Athletics Director Dianthia Ford Kee and N.C. Central Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator Etienne Thomas.
The Council replaces the current Legislative and Leadership councils, and 60 percent of Council members must be athletics directors. Any rules adopted by the Council will be subject to a review by the board.
The group’s first order of business will be to design the subgroups that will assist in developing legislation, running championships and performing other necessary functions. The group will meet in January to begin that work.
The Council will cast votes on new rules for the first time in the 2015-16 legislative cycle.