Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper was named Vice Chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors at the NCAA Convention earlier this morning. In her new role, Cooper’s leadership and advocacy will continue to shape the role the NCAA plays in the well-being and lifelong success of college student-athletes.
Cooper was named to the NCAA Board of Governors in 2022 and currently is the only voting member of the Board of Governors who is a Division III President. Cooper previously served on the President's Council of the NCAA, served on the NIL Committee: NCAA Federal and State Legislation Working Group, and has been the president of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Her term on the Board of Governors will end in January of 2025.
The NCAA Board of Governors is the highest governing body in the NCAA. Bringing together presidents and chancellors from each division, former student-athletes, along with select leaders from inside and outside the NCAA membership, the board is responsible for leading the NCAA and presiding over issues that affect the entire NCAA membership.
“It’s an honor for me to serve in this role in a time where our leadership must be grounded in integrity and a steadfast dedication to the well-rounded development of our student-athletes,” said Cooper. “Together, we will embrace the challenges of this dynamic landscape and remain focused on supporting student-athletes and providing an environment that prepares them for success in an ever-changing world.”