Lemons Poised to Lead D-III President's Council
Earlier this year, Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons was selected to serve as vice chair of the National College Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III President's Council. He will become chair of the council next year.
The 18-member President's Council is Division III's primary governance body. In this role, Lemons will chair the council's Strategic Planning and Finance Committee, as well as serve on the Board of Governors, the umbrella governing body that includes Division I, II and III college and university presidents.
"Athletics plays such an important role in the education and leadership development of many students. Students don't just learn in the classroom; they are also learning on the playing fields and through other cocurricular activities," Lemons says. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on the council to advance the NCAA's mission of encouraging students to pursue excellence in both academics and athletics, ensuring inclusivity and instilling respect for differences."
A track and field athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan University while pursuing his undergraduate degrees, Lemons was instrumental in the formation of the Landmark Conference, of which Susquehanna University is a member. He continues to serve a critical role in the growth and development of the league. He was appointed to represent the Landmark Conference on the NCAA Division III President's Council in August 2013 and was reappointed in January with the additional role of vice chair.