MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher has been elected vice chair of the NCAA Division I Council, the MAC announced Monday.
“It is a privilege to represent the Mid-American Conference on the Council and to serve the membership in this capacity,” Steinbrecher said in a statement. “I am passionate about the role intercollegiate athletics plays in the educational development of students and the dynamic energy it brings to higher education. I look forward to working with our student-athletes and administrators in continuing to advance the academic, athletic and social development and well-being of the students who participate in intercollegiate athletics.”
The Division I Council is populated by representatives from all 32 D1 conferences and handles day-to-day decision making for the top level of collegiate athletics. Steinbrecher will serve as a “key member” of the Division I Council Coordination Committee, which is responsible for handling business in between the full Council’s meetings.
Steinbrecher is the only person to have served as commissioner of a Division I (non-football) conference, an FCS conference and an FBS conference, and also the only sitting commissioner to take on a Division I Council leadership position.