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June 3, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU Chancellor Hemenway named to NCAA presidential task force


INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway has been named to a new National Collegiate Athletics Association presidential task force to study the future of college sports.

Hemenway, who recently completed a three-year term as chair of the NCAA Division I board of directors, will serve on the Fiscal Responsibility subcommittee, one of four subcommittees that compose the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics.

" This is an important effort to discuss and address the next steps in shaping the future of intercollegiate athletics," said NCAA President Myles Brand. "The leadership of presidents and chancellors is critical in this effort."

Peter Likins, president of the University of Arizona, is chair of the overall task force and the Fiscal Responsibility subcommittee. In addition to Hemenway, its members are Clinton Bristow Jr., president, Alcorn State University; Philip Dubois, president, University of Wyoming; David Hardesty Jr., West Virginia University; Walter Harrison, president, University of Hartford; Peter Magrath, president, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; Kathryn Martin, chancellor, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Sidney McPhee, president, Middle Tennessee State University; James Moeser, chancellor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; David Skorton, president, University of Iowa; John Walda, partner, Bose, McKinney and Evans; and John Wiley, chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The other subcomittees are Presidential Leadership of Internal and External Constituencies, Implications of Academic Values and Standards, and Student-Athlete Well-Being.
Brand said the presidential task force will hold its first meeting June 9 and 10 in Tucson, Ariz., to develop a list of what it deems the most pressing problems facing intercollegiate athletics.

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