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 Presidents Council. His term of service on the committee begins immediately and will continue through January 2015 with eligibility for reappointment.
The 18-member Presidents Council is Division III's primary governance body, overseeing the Division III Management Council and the division's committee structure. The Council meets on a quarterly basis and has budgetary oversight, as well as the ultimate authority to establish, direct and implement policies for the Division.
Lemons joins the Presidents Council after serving with the NCAA Chancellor/Presidents Advisory Group since April.
“I am very honored for this most recent opportunity to serve both the Landmark Conference and the NCAA,” stated Lemons. “All student-athletes at the Division III level are afforded educational experiences that are in many ways distinctive from their peers in Divisions I and II. I have a deep understanding of the role athletics has played at Susquehanna and I am excited to have a hand in ensuring a promising future for all of Division III athletics.”
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 began a two-year term as chair of the conference presidents in July.