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UW-Green Bay Chancellor appointed to influential NCAA committee

gary.miller-webaGary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been appointed a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. He will begin his three-year term Aug. 1, 2015.

Miller is the first sitting Division I president or chancellor to serve on the committee, the NCAA has confirmed.

“I consider it a great honor to be chosen to serve in this capacity,” Miller said. “I am a firm believer in the value of Division I athletics to UW-Green Bay, the NCAA’s mission as an organization, and our shared duty as member institutions to help ensure academic and competitive integrity.”

The Division I Committee on Infractions is an independent group composed of representatives from the membership and the public charged with deciding NCAA infractions cases. The committee reviews prehearing procedural matters, conducts hearings, finds the facts of the case, and determines what, if any, penalties are appropriate. After it issues a decision, the committee monitors institutions on probation to ensure compliance with penalties and terms of probation. The committee also hears appeals of Level III decisions issued by NCAA staff.

Miller’s appointment as a current chancellor reflects the NCAA’s ongoing, stated efforts to increase presidential involvement in all facets of the NCAA governance structure.

Since 2011 the NCAA has gradually expanded the committee from 10 to 24 members. Previously regarded as one of the NCAA’s more time-intensive assignments — which tended to discourage top administrators from volunteering — the committee can now use its larger size to create panels of five to seven randomly-chosen members. The change allows cases to be heard more quickly and efficiently with fewer burdens on individual committee members.

Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed for a maximum of three terms. In addition to participating in those cases assigned them, members convene as the full Committee on Infractions at least twice annually to review cases across panels and check for consistency in the way NCAA guidelines are applied.

Jon LeCrone, who heads the intercollegiate athletics conference that includes UW-Green Bay, describes Miller’s appointment as prestigious recognition for the chancellor, the University, Green Bay Athletics and the league.

“We are thrilled for Chancellor Miller’s appointment to the NCAA Infractions Committee,” says LeCrone, Horizon League commissioner. “Since arriving at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, he has been an excellent addition to our Board of Directors, working on behalf of Green Bay and the Horizon League’s student-athletes. I know that he will represent Green Bay and the Horizon League well on the committee.”

The committee chair is Gregory Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Other prominent members include Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky; Michael F. Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, former University of Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi; and former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins. Nominations to serve come from the NCAA membership and include academic and athletics administrators past and present, independent professionals with relevant legal, athletics or academic experience, and former coaches.

Miller, who assumed his duties as UW-Green Bay chancellor on Aug. 1, 2014, has extensive career experience as an administrator and educator, all with NCAA Division I universities.

He came to Green Bay from the chancellorship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was previously provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, Dean of the College of Pacific at the University of the Pacific, and a faculty member at both Weber State University and Mississippi State University.

The chancellor serves on the local board of directors of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Council of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Board of Directors of The Campus Compact, the Workforce Development Panel of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and a national steering committee focused on post-collegiate outcomes.

Miller’s appointment to the infractions committee is UW-Green Bay’s second high-profile NCAA appointment this summer. Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie was notified earlier this year she will become the first individual from any Horizon League school to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, starting Sept. 1.


Edison presented Horizon’s top honor

Ellen Edison, a May 2015 UW-Green Bay graduate and standout student-athlete for Green Bay women’s basketball received the Horizon League’s highest individual honor yesterday — the Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor. The Coleman Medal of Honor is presented annually to the league’s top male and female student-athletes who best exemplify the dignity and high purpose of the League and its membership. The individuals demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Edison graduated summa cum laude with honors in the Human Biology major. Read more.

Student-athletes earn Horizon spring academic honors

Five Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2015 Spring Academic All-Horizon League Teams honoring success in competition as well as in the classroom. Those honored are:

Stephanie Londre (Burlington, Wis.), women’s tennis, No. 1 singles player and 3.947 cumulative GPA in Human Biology;
Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Gremany), men’s tennis, No. 1 and winningest singles player in program history, magna cum laude May grad in Business Administration;
Lepoold Gomez Islinger (Weiden, Germany), men’s tennis, played No. 2 singles for NCAA qualifying team and 3.723 GPA;
Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), softball, league-leading .444 batting average and graduated summa cum laude in May with 3.986 GPA in Human Biology;
Gene Kiela (Plymouth, Wis.), men’s golf, four top 10 finishes and a 3.779 GPA in Business Administration.

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No more home floor for top seed – Horizon League commits to Motor City

The Horizon League has signed a contract with Olympia Entertainment to host its men’s basketball tournament in Detroit for at least the next five years. It’s a major change from current practice of the conference top seed hosting the semifinals with a right to host the championship game if it advances. Horizon League officials say the bid by Olympia had financial advantages for the member athletics programs, and organizers are hopeful that a consistent home base for the tourney will appeal to traveling fans. Read more.

Late Phoenix rally wins Game 1 in Horizon softball tourney

UW-Green Bay, the fourth seed in the Horizon League Softball Tournament, trailed for the majority of the contest but used a two-run seventh inning to defeat the Vikings 6-5 in Wednesday’s opening game of the tournament. The Phoenix returns to action at 11 a.m. Thursday against host and No. 1 seed Oakland. Read more.

Phoenix falls to Valpo, 54-44, in first conference title game in 17 years

It’s been a tough couple months for Green Bay teams coming oh-so-close to advancing to their sport’s biggest stages.  First, the Packers in Seattle. Now, the Phoenix in Valparaiso. The Green Bay men’s basketball team played well for two-thirds of the game but then, like the Packers, went stone cold late (1 of 14 FGs down the stretch) and fell 54-44 to top-seeded Valparaiso on Tuesday night in the title game of the 2015 Horizon League Championships at the Athletics and Recreation Center. The Phoenix (24-8) is probably a long-shot to get an NCAA bid but is likely to draw interest from the NIT. Coach Brian Wardle was the first UW-Green Bay coach to lead his team to a conference championship game since Mike Heideman, in 1998. Recap of the game.

Tournament week opens tonight for Phoenix women at Kress

The top-seeded Green Bay women’s basketball team (25-2) begins its quest for the 2015 Horizon League Tournament title and an automatic NCAA bid when it hosts No. 8 seed Milwaukee (10-19) at the Kress Center tonight in a quarterfinal game tipping off at 7 p.m. If Coach Kevin Borseth’s team wins, they’ll host the semifinals and play either Youngstown or Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a chance to advance to Sunday’s 2 p.m. title game. More on the tourney.

Phoenix need to beat top seed Valpo on home floor

Seeking its first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1996, the second-seeded Phoenix men (24-7) will play for the Horizon League tournament title at top-seeded Valparaiso (27-5) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CDT. Green Bay advanced with a 70-56 victory over UIC on Saturday in the semifinals as Keifer Sykes scored 23 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. For a championship preview.

Athletics arranges fan bus for students

UW-Green Bay Intercollegiate Athletics is arranging a free fan bus for students interested in taking the five-hour ride to Valparaiso, Ind. on Tuesday. The bus leaves at noon from the Kress Events Center. Questions may be directed to the Athletics front desk at 465-2145.

Don’t have cable? Athletics encourages you to come to The Bar
Green Bay Athletics is planning another “watch party” at The Bar on Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon. High-definition viewing and 35-cent wings for those wearing Phoenix apparel on Tuesday night. More here.