Aug. 8, 2011
NCAA Division I Presidential Retreat Attendees
CHICAGO - DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto travels to Indianapolis this week as one of just four athletics directors selected to participate in the Division I Presidential Retreat on Aug. 9-10 in Indianapolis.
NCAA president Mark Emmert will lead the two-day event as the NCAA Board of Directors, the Presidential Advisory Group, chairs of the Divisions II and III Presidents Councils, other presidents, commissioners, athletics directors, faculty athletics representatives and a senior woman administrator examine the state of intercollegiate athletics.
Among the many topics to be covered are student-athlete academic success, fiscal sustainability in Division I and fortifying the integrity of the enterprise.
Along with Ponsetto, other athletics directors in attendance include Scott Barnes (Utah State), Judy Rose (Charlotte) and Kevin White (Duke). Nearly 70 collegiate administrators from across the country are scheduled to attend the meetings in Indianapolis.
Ponsetto is entering her 10th year as DePaul's athletics director in 2011-12 and her 37th as a member of the Blue Demon athletic family. She was named to her current position on July 1, 2002 and the Blue Demons have experienced tremendous success both on and off the playing field ever since. Ponsetto also guided the DePaul efforts in 2003 when the University announced it would join the BIG EAST Conference in 2005.
During her nine years at the helm of the department, 14 of the 15 Blue Demon athletic programs have represented the school in NCAA championships including nine straight NCAA appearances by the women's basketball team, two trips to the Women's College World Series for the softball program, and the men's soccer's initial trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning the BIG EAST Conference regular season title.