Lyons named to NCAA Division I council

Parkersburg native Shane Lyons, West Virginia University director of athletics and associate vice president, has been named to the NCAA Division I Council. (Photo Provided)

MORGANTOWN — Parkersburg native Shane Lyons, West Virginia University director of athletics and associate vice president, has been named to the NCAA Division I Council.

“I appreciate Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s confidence in nominating me to represent the Big 12 Conference on the NCAA Division I Council,” Lyons said. “As everyone knows, this is a very important time for collegiate athletics, and I look forward to serving with the other members to make the collegiate experience even better for thousands of student-athletes.

“I also look forward to reengaging with the governing process. With my early background in governance and compliance, I have spent a lot of time in this area, and I look forward to these added responsibilities.”

The Division I Council is a high-level group responsible for the day-to-day decision-making for Division I. The council is comprised of practitioners who work daily in Division I athletics, and it has primary legislative authority for Division I.

The committee develops and debates new and past ideas and recommends whether they should be introduced as pieces of legislation. Athletic directors, athletic administrators, senior women administrators, faculty athletics representatives and student-athletes serve on the council.

Every Division I conference is represented on the council, and its work is subject to review by the NCAA Board of Directors, which monitors the legislation to ensure it does not conflict with the division’s policies and goals, a press release from WVU states.

The council is comprised of 40 members, including a representative from each of the 32 Division I conferences.

Lyons’ appointment will start July 1 and will mark the second time he has been appointed to the council. He previously served on it while associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Lyons graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1983.

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