The NCAA announced appointments of Davenport’s Dr. Richard Pappas to Division II President’s Council and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner Cam Trudell to Management Council.
Pappas will serve as the new representative from Region 3. His term begins immediately and will run through the conclusion of the Division II Business Session at the 2028 Convention. Pappas, who is the GLIAC’s current Council of Presidents and Chancellors chair, has been an instrumental leader in the conference overall and especially through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 16-member Presidents Council is Division II’s highest governance office. Its members are charged with setting the strategic direction for the division in all areas, including the division’s financial affairs and championships administration. The Presidents Council is also the primary sponsor of legislative proposals at the NCAA Convention, and the chair of the council moderates the Division II Business Session at the annual convention.
The 28-member DII Management Council reports directly to the Presidents Council and is charged with recommending administrative policy and regulations that govern the division. The Management Council reviews and acts on recommendations from the Division II committee structure and from Division II representatives to committees with Association-wide functions. The Council also is responsible for appointing Division II representatives to those committees.
“It is crucial to have GLIAC representation on NCAA committees to ensure that the league is at the forefront of Division II decision making,” GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar said. “We are thankful to all league representatives who are serving at a national level and on GLIAC committees. Dr. Pappas and Cam have a keen understanding of our needs and the ability to see the big picture on a national scale. Their appointments are a testament to their dedication to NCAA athletics.”