January 28, 2015 3:45PM
Pittsburg State University’s leadership voice in NCAA Division II continues to grow stronger. At the NCAA convention in Washington, D.C., this month, PSU President Steve Scott was selected vice chair of the NCAA DII President’s Council.
At the same meeting, Deron Washington, a safety on the Gorilla football team, was one of two student athletes selected to serve on the NCAA DII Management Council. They are the first students ever to serve on the council in its 17-year history.
“The roles Deron and I will be playing offer a unique opportunity for Pittsburg State to impact Division II athletics at the national level,” Scott said. “As an institution, we have national prominence as a key part of our vision. These newly earned positions will allow us to participate and lead at that level. We're both honored to have such an opportunity.”
As vice chair in 2015, Scott will serve as chair of the 16-member DII Planning and Finance Committee. Typically, the vice chair becomes chair of the council the following year.
Washington, an electronics engineering major from Raymore, Mo., attended the convention as the MIAA conference representative to the NCAA DII Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Washington was named to the SAAC in 2014.
Jim Johnson, director of Intercollegiate Athletics at PSU, said Washington is the first PSU student athlete to serve on the SAAC since its inception in 1997. His selection to the DII Management Council, along with that of Katie Mnichowicz, a softball player at Upper Iowa University, was made possible by a legislative change at this year’s convention that added SAAC representation to the body.
“Pittsburg State University is proud to be a member of the NCAA and of Division II,” said Johnson, who serves as a member of the NCAA DII Championships Committee and the DII Athletic Director’s Association Board of Directors. “To be able to provide leadership in the organization is a great responsibility and opportunity for the university. We’re fortunate to have people like President Scott and Deron who are willing to serve in these very important roles.”