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BRONCOS. The Importance of Division I Athletics to the University Community. We Commonly Own Athletics*. It’s a GREAT Day to be a BRONCO!. Athletics is the front porch of the university Our alumni and donors expect athletic recognition

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The Importance of Division I Athletics to the University Community

we commonly own athletics
We Commonly Own Athletics*

It’s a GREAT Day to be a BRONCO!

  • Athletics is the front porch of the university
  • Our alumni and donors expect athletic recognition
  • Clear research has been done on the return on investment and value added:
    • Student athletes bring students to other programs
    • Creates a unique experience for every student
    • Increases retention
  • Legislators refer to NCAA division status when referring to the size and prestige of universities, as do students and fans
  • A significant population of our students said they would not have chosen WMU if it were not a DI institution
mission of the athletic board
Mission of the Athletic Board

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at Western Michigan University reports to the Athletic Board. The board is comprised of students, faculty and alumni who are appointed by the president of the university. The university's faculty representative to the NCAA, MAC, NCHC serves as chairperson of the Athletic Board and reports directly to the president’s office, the AAUP and the Faculty Senate in order to assure the appropriate guidelines are being adhere to at Western Michigan University.

mission of the athletic board cont
Mission of the Athletic Board, cont.

The primary purpose of the Athletic Board is to serve as an oversight body assuring institutional commitment to the missions of academics, athletics and student well-being. Student-athletes are particularly encouraged and welcomed to express their concerns about the vitality of the relationship between academics and athletics at WMU. The input of the faculty, staff, and other members of the university community is integral to the Athletics Board; all are encouraged to submit questions or comments to the chair.


The Athletic Board may offer recommendations on such matters as:

  • Academic standards for student-athletes
  • Conduct of intercollegiate athletics program
  • Personnel policies
  • Athletic ticket policies
  • Athletic contest scheduling policies
  • Commitment to diversity and student well being considerations (Title VII and IX)
  • Promotional activities, public relations, and publicity
  • Student-athlete academic concerns
appointed athletic board members 2013
Appointed Athletic Board Members 2013

Fred Sitkins- Chair

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Halbert Bates

Advising, Haworth College of Business

Dr. James Lewis

Department of Human Performance

Dr. Charles Crawford

Department of Sociology

Dr. Susan Stapleton, Dean

Graduate College

Scot Conant

Student Recruitment Outreach Director

Dr. Richard Gershon

Department of Communication

Lisa DeChano-Cook, Ph.D.

Department of Geography

appointed athletic board members 20131
Appointed Athletic Board Members 2013

Student Members:

Eric Nederhoed

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Ashley Hunault

College of Education & Human Development

Ex-Officio Members:

Kathy Beauregard

Director of Athletics

Dave Corstange

Senior Associate Athletic Director

athletic support staff
Athletic Support Staff

Dennis Corbin

Associate Athletic Director

Monty Porter

Associate Athletic Director: Business Operations

Jeffrey Stone

Associate Athletic Director: Academic Compliance Services

Amy Washington

Administrative Assistant to Athletics Director

standing committees of the athletic board
Standing committees of the Athletic Board
  • Academic Integrity
  • Rules Compliance
  • Gender Equity
  • Student-Athlete Welfare
fall 2012 student athlete academics1
Fall 2012 Student-Athlete Academics
  • 253 out of 365 total student athletes had a 3.0 fall semester GPA or higher (69.3%)
  • Only 5 student athletes had a cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of the fall semester
  • Currently, 38 out of 67 Bronco Seniors hold over a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • The Mid American Conference (MAC) Faculty Athletics Award winner 2 consecutive years
  • MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week:
    • 5 Female
    • 4 Male
fall 2012 student athlete academics2
Fall 2012 Student-Athlete Academics
  • NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR): A rolling four-year average; 930 rate required
  • WMU APR ranges from 951-1000
  • WMU exceeds the national graduation success rate
if we commonly own athletics we need to commonly support athletics
*If we commonly own athletics, we need to commonly support athletics

Faculty could:

  • Be visible as a Bronco
  • Attend athletic events
  • Encourage students to attend
  • Challenge their colleagues
  • Attend student athlete recognition events, e.g.

Senior Recognition Ceremony

Monday, April 15th, 5 p.m. at the Fetzer Center

Being a Bronco benefits all of us.