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William Peace University President Appointed To NCAA Division III President’s Council

By William Peace University on January 10, 2013 11:58 pm

Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., To Serve As Committee Member For
NCAA Division III President’s Council Through 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that President Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., has been elected to the NCAA Division III President’s Council by a vote from President’s across the country. Founded to protect student-athletes more than 100 years ago, the NCAA works to emphasize the higher education commitment to both athletic and academic excellence. Townsley’s term will begin at the conclusion of the January 2013 Convention and run through 2017.

The NCAA Division III President’s Council consists of 15 members who work to establish a strategic plan as well as direct general policy for Division III colleges and universities. Committee members are responsible for implementing policies adopted by the association’s executive committees, overseeing budgetary needs, approving regulations concerning Division III championships, and maintaining diversity within the membership of the committee and other Division III governance bodies.

“For years the NCAA has proactively worked to ensure that our collegiate student athletes are excelling across athletic and academic platforms,” said Townsley. “It is truly an honor to be appointed as a committee member of the NCAA Division III President’s Council and have the opportunity to work alongside other university leaders to further advance the vision and goals of this division.”

Townsley is also a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group and has served as a mentor within the NCAA Outreach Program for First-Time Chancellors and Presidents.

William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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