New Mexico's Kendall Spencer Named to NCAA Division I Board of Directors


INDIANAPOLIS, IN. ( Spencer has done a lot of great things in his time at the University of New Mexico. He has won an indoor national title in the long jump, he earned a cover story in the NCAA Champion Magazine, and he is the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Council Chair.

He might have just topped all of those.

Spencer has been named to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. He becomes the first student-athlete in the history of the organization to serve on the Division I Board. Along with Spencer, other newcomers to the board are Bud Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology; Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Jeffery Herbst, president of Colgate University; George Wright, president of Prairie View A&M University; Samuel Stanley, president of Stony Brook University; Jane Miller, senior associate athletics director at the University of Virginia (representing the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators); and Christine Copper, vice president at the U.S. Naval Academy (representing the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association).

According to the NCAA website, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors is made up of 24 members. Twenty chief executive officers (CEOs), one director of athletics, one senior woman administrator, one faculty athletics representative and one student-athlete. All FBS conferences have a permanent seat. Five FCS and five Division I Subdivision conferences rotate seats.

That Spencer is the first to be named to the board as a student-athlete is not a surprise to Paul Krebs, UNM's vice president for athletics. "In his time with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Kendall has been a true leader and visionary, and he has done a lot of work to be a voice for student-athletes," said Krebs, adding, "He is exactly what you want in a student-athlete and in a leader."

Inside Indiana Business writer Gerry Dick contributed to this article.