Sidney A. Ribeau
Sidney A. Ribeau

Ribeau joins NCAA Division I Board of Directors

President Sidney Ribeau has been named to the NCAA’s 18-member Division I Board of Directors.

Among nine university presidents joining the policy-making body, Ribeau was nominated by the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents to succeed Dr. Carol Cartwright, president of Kent State University, as the board’s MAC representative. His term extends through April 2009.

Ribeau’s nomination is “reflective of the high regard his peers have for Sidney’s values as they relate to intercollegiate athletics, for his perspective and for his interest in, and commitment to, college sports at the highest level,” said MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst.

Paul Krebs, BGSU’s director of athletics, added that the appointment “speaks volumes” about Ribeau’s leadership within the conference, as well as his knowledge and support of intercollegiate athletics
in general.

It also “draws added attention to Bowling Green State University and our athletic program,” Krebs noted. With Ribeau in a position of leadership in developing national legislation governing collegiate athletics, BGSU will be more involved in the legislative effort, he said.

Academic reform is currently at the forefront for the board’s member presidents, who comprise the most influential body in the NCAA management structure.

The association has implemented an assessment, the Academic Progress Rate, which measures a team’s academic performance by awarding points for scholarship student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and remain at the institution. Penalties are in place for low APR performance, and another new measurement, an alternative graduation-rate methodology called the Graduation Success Rate, will be launched this fall.

In the NCAA’s organization, the board of directors receives recommendations from the Division I Management Council, which includes athletics administrators and faculty athletics representatives from member institutions.

In turn, the board reports to the NCAA Executive Committee, on which 12 board members serve alongside representatives of the Division II and Division III Presidents councils. NCAA President Myles Brand is an ex officio member of the executive committee, as are the chairpersons of the Management councils from all three divisions.

Ribeau isn’t the only university president with a Bowling Green connection to join the board of directors. Also among the new appointees is Dr. Stephen Weber, president of San Diego State University, who graduated from BGSU in 1964 and received its Distinguished Alumnus Award last year.

August 8, 2005