MISSOULA — In the NCAA’s hierarchy of governance, positions within the national body don’t get much loftier than this for a university administrator.
Montana Senior Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator Jean Gee has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Council.
Gee takes over the Big Sky Conference’s spot on the 40-person Council for Bill Chaves, the former Eastern Washington AD who was hired last month for the same position at North Dakota.
Gee will complete the final few months of Chaves’ appointment, then begin her own four-year term on July 1.
“It’s great to have somebody from the University of Montana on the Council. It’s a very prestigious position,” said Montana Director of Athletics Kent Haslam.
“Jean will do a great job representing our school and the interests of the Big Sky Conference.”
The NCAA Division I Council is made up of 40 members: a representative from each of the NCAA’s 32 Division I conferences, four commissioners, two student-athletes and two faculty athletics representatives.
The chair of the Division I Council is Blake James, the AD at Miami.
The Council is one of five committees that serve under the Board of Directors, Division I’s highest-ranking body. The others are the Committee on Infractions, the Infractions Appeals Committee, the Presidential Forum and the Committee on Academics.
The Council handles day-to-day decision-making for NCAA Division I issues, with a more specific scope of legislative issues that arise.
“I’m honored to have been chosen by my peers to represent the best interests of the Big Sky Conference,” said Gee, who previously served on the former Legislative Council.
“We review legislation, seek feedback from our conference membership and try to see all sides of a piece of proposed legislation. I served on the Legislative Council under the old governance structure, so I know a little bit of what to expect.”
The Council meets at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis three or four times a year. Gee will also serve on one of the Council’s subcommittees.
Gee, who oversees the department’s academic and compliance services, has served in her current role at Montana since 2004. She began working at her alma mater in 1991.
— Montana Sports Information