Kailey Love | Managing Editor
Duquesne University President Ken Gormley has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee (MOIC) for a term of three years, effective immediately following his appointment on Sept. 5.
“I am honored to serve in this important role and grateful for the opportunity,” Gormley said. “I look forward to serving as an advocate for the NCAA’s commitment to inclusion and diversity in intercollegiate athletics.”
Established in 1991, the MOIC serves to promote racial equality and diversity amongst college athletics across all divisions. The committee advocates for inclusive policies for ethnic minorities, LGBT and those with disabilties, including not only student athletes but coaches and administrators, as well.
“We are honored President Gormley is serving on this committee. It is vital that Duquesne be a vibrant and active member institution within the NCAA,” said Duquesne University Director of Athletics Dave Harper.
“At Duquesne, we are in the midst of launching many strategic initiatives related to diversity and inclusion for our institution and students. The timing of this appointment will allow me to learn more about best practices and new initiatives,” Gormley said. “It is paramount that both the NCAA and Duquesne take leadership positions on this most important topic. I look forward to the learning and discussion that will better inform our plans.”
The committee is made up of 18 members, including one university president from each division. Divisions I, II and III receive six representatives each. A minimum of eight committee members must be an ethnic minority, made up of at least four women and four men. Student athletes also serve as members of the committee, one from each division, and have one combined vote between them.