The NCAA Division I board of directors has elected Nathan O. Hatch, the president of Wake Forest University, as its chairman.
The election took place today during the board’s first meeting of the 2012-2013 academic year. Effective immediately, the position is a two-year term that runs through August 2014.
“This is truly a transformative time in college athletics and Division I sports,” Hatch said in a press release. “The NCAA has taken up the challenge to raise academic standards, streamline its enforcement process, and ensure the well-being of student athletes. I am honored to be selected chair of this important body as we seek to address these important issues and work to uphold the ideals of collegiate athletics.”
The Division I board of directors is comprised of 18 presidents and chancellors representing different Division I conferences. Under the chair’s leadership, the board directs the affairs of the entire division and has final authority on all Division I matters.
Hatch became Wake Forest's president in July 2005. He has represented the ACC on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors since April 2010 and has served on the executive cmmittee since August 2010. He was also appointed to the Division I Bowl Licensing Task Force in May 2011.