Hartwick President Drugovich Elected to NCAA DIII Presidents Council

Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich has been elected to the Division III Presidents Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Presidents Council is Division III’s highest governing body.

The election was announced over the weekend at the NCAA National Convention in San Antonio, TX. Drugovich begins her four-year term immediately. She represents NCAA Region 2, which covers Pennsylvania and New York, and her 2016 committee assignment is the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee.

Division III is the largest of the NCAA divisions with 450 member institutions. The 18 Presidents Council members are elected in balloting open to all presidents and chancellors at member institutions. The Presidents Council sets Division III’s strategic plan and establishes and directs the general policy of the Division.

“I am honored to be selected to represent the Empire 8 and all the colleges and universities in the region to the NCAA,” said Drugovich. “As an institution with both Division I and Division III athletic programs, Hartwick is well qualified to represent, on a national level, the highest standards for both academic and athletic achievement. I look forward to bringing our experience to the Council and helping the NCAA further achieve its goals for the Division.”

Fifteen of Hartwick’s 17 athletic teams compete in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference of the NCAA Division III. Drugovich is the current chair of the Empire 8 Presidents Council.

“President Drugovich’s appointment is a testament to her commitment to core Empire 8 and NCAA educational and athletic values,” said Commissioner Chuck Mitrano. “There is no question she will be an asset to the NCAA Presidents Council, just as she has been to Empire 8’s.”

Last August, Drugovich was appointed to the 15-member Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group of the NCAA Division III. Her election to the Presidents Council supplants her Advisory Group service.

Since her appointment as Hartwick’s 10th president in 2008, Drugovich has brought the College to the forefront of regional and national discussions of higher education. She recently concluded work on the bipartisan U.S. Senate Task Force reviewing government regulations of higher education and on the Board of Trustees of the New York Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). Drugovich currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network, the Council of Independent College’s (CIC) Steering Committee on the Future of Independent Higher Education, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Committee on Accountability.

Highlights of Drugovich’s presidency to date include the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program that saves families the cost of a full year of attendance; a major fundraising campaign with a primary objective of increased support for endowed scholarships; strategic planning toward a sustainable vision for the College’s future; and innovative steps that leverage the College’s intellectual capacity to enhance the region’s economic development, including the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:       lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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