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Nov. 20, 2002
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association Selects
CSU Dominguez Hills President James Lyons to Presidents Council

CARSON, Calif. - California State University, Dominguez Hills President James E. Lyons, Sr. has been selected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to serve on its Presidents Council, effective in January 2003. The Division II Presidents Council elected President Lyons at its Oct. 31 meeting. The NCAA also confirmed five new members to serve on the Division II Management Council.

"Whenever one of us, be it faculty, staff, or student, is recognized at the national level, it is recognition for us all," Lyons said. "I do not find anything appealing about the statement that CSUDH is the 'best kept secret in California,'" he said. "I am honored to represent this university and this region of the country on a body as important as the NCAA Presidents Council."

President Lyons is committed to a family relationship between Cal State Dominguez and its surrounding community. "With the support of the CSUDH family, I promise that by the end of my term on the Council in January 2007, this university will be better known across the country."

The 13-member Presidents Council is made up of CEOs from Division II member colleges and universities and serves as the principal governing body for Division II athletics. It oversees the Division II Management Council, which consists of 25 athletics administrators and faculty representatives from across the nation.

NCAA legislation in Division II is considered and approved through a traditional one-school, one-vote process at the annual NCAA Convention. In this way, Division II institutions make their own rules, independent of Division I and Division III.
The NCAA is a voluntary association of about 1,200 colleges and universities, athletic conferences and sports organizations devoted to the sound administration of intercollegiate athletics.
Through the NCAA, member schools and conferences consider any athletics problem that has become national in character. Volunteer representatives from these schools and conferences establish rules that govern the Association and programs designed to further its purposes and goals.
For more information about the NCAA governance structure, log on to the NCAA Web site at and click on Administration and Governance.

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