BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn has been appointed to the NCAA Presidential Forum representing The Summit League. Dunn’s appointment begins immediately and continues until August 2022.
“We are excited to have Dr. Dunn represent The Summit League on the NCAA D-1 Presidential Forum,” said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. “He provides an understanding of athletics and its role on a campus, in addition to being a strong leader for our league.”
The Presidential Forum is comprised of presidents and chancellors from each of the 32 NCAA Division I conferences. The forum assists the NCAA Division I board of directors in accomplishing its strategic mission in the Division I governance structure and helps ensure that the NCAA core value involving presidential leadership of intercollegiate athletics at the campus, conference and national level is achieved.
“I am very honored to serve in this role and represent the other presidents and chancellors of The Summit League,” Dunn said. “Intercollegiate athletics play a critical role in not only higher education, but society overall. It is important that as presidents of colleges and universities we continue our leadership at the NCAA level and provide the necessary oversight to bring together the importance of athletics and the mission of higher education. I look forward to working with many talented and respected leaders from around the United States.”
Dunn replaces Jack Thomas, who previously served as president of Western Illinois University.