TOWSON, Md. – Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons has been appointed to represent the Landmark Conference on the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III Chancellor/Presidents Advisory Group. His term of service on the committee begins immediately and will continue through the close of the January 2016 NCAA Convention.
The Presidents Advisory Group was established in response to a desire to more directly and effectively engage presidents and chancellors in governance discussions at the national, conference and institutional levels. The group consists of one chancellor or president from each Division III voting conference not currently represented on the Presidents Council or by a chancellor/president on the Management Council.
"I am pleased to serve the NCAA and the Landmark Conference in this way," stated Lemons. "Athletics plays a valuable role at Susquehanna. My experiences here, along with my understanding of the role of athletics in higher education, provide perspective that I hope will be helpful as we work together to assure a vibrant future for Division III athletics. Our student-athletes have educational experiences in many ways distinctive from their peers in Divisions I and II."
Lemons has been president of Susquehanna University, a national liberal arts college enrolling about 2,200 undergraduates, since February 2001. During his tenure, the university has developed two strategic plans that have led to campus expansion, more than $100 million in capital improvements, enrollment growth, increased diversity, successful completion of the university's largest fund-raising campaign and introduction of a new central curriculum that guarantees a study-away experience for all students.
A former student-athlete, Lemons was a track and field athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan University while pursuing his undergraduate degrees. He was instrumental in the formation of the Landmark Conference and continues to serve a critical role in the growth and development of the league. Lemons will begin a two-year term as chair of the conference presidents in July.