Amend Constitution Article V, Section B as follows:

The Council of Presidents is composed of conference representatives, representatives elected by independent institutions and members elected at-large. Two at-large positions will be designated for female and/or minority presidents.

AND

Amend Constitution Article VII, Section A as follows:

The National Coordinating Committee (NCC) shall consist of the chair and the chair-elect of the National Administrative Council (NAC), the Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives (CFAR), and the Council for Student-Athletes (CSA), plus threefive at-large members elected by the membership of the NAIA at the annual meeting of the Association. Two at-large positions will be designated for females and/or minorities. An at-large member cannot be from the same institution or conference as the NAC, CFAR, or CSA representatives. Should any one individual serve as a chair or chair-elect of multiple councils, the respective council may choose another member to serve as its representative on the NCC. Candidates shall be nominated and elected in a manner to ensure gender equity.

Note: Additional selection criteria should be applied at the next regularly occurring election cycle.

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Amend Constitution Article VIII, Section B as follows:

Each council must develop a nomination/election process that ensures adequate representation from conferences and independent institutions. Whenever possible, at least three council members must be women and at least three council members must be men.  When the gender requirement is not met, gender shall take preference in the selection of at-large members. Each council will include at-large positions designated for females and/or minorities. Each council shall consist of proportionate representation from affiliated conference and independent membership.

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Amend Constitution Article VIII, Section C as follows:

Each council shall be elected by its constituency. The term of office shall be for three years unless otherwise noted. Individuals may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Each council shall have a chair and chair-elect.

The National Administrative Council shall consist of one representative from each affiliated conference, the President and Vice-President of the Athletics Directors Association, the chair and vice-chair of the Conference Commissioners Association, the President of the NAIA Sports Information Directors of America, the President of the Athletic Trainers Association, and one representative from the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) per 10 members of the A.I.I., and a sufficient number of at-large members to ensure gender requirements are met. At least two at-large positions will be designated for females and/or minorities. There will be a minimum of 10 athletics directors and 10 conference commissioners on the National Administrative Council. The initial selection shall be staggered in order to ensure a two-thirds council retention each year.

The Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives shall consist of 14 faculty athletics representatives selected with appropriate geographic balance, the chair and chair-elect of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association, the chair of the National Eligibility Committee, and an elected officer of the NAIA Registrars Association. Two positions will be designated for female and/or minority faculty athletics representatives.

Note: Additional selection criteria should be applied at the next regularly occurring election cycle.

The Council for Student-Athletes shall consist of one representative from the Council of Presidents, one representative from the Conference Commissioners Association, one representative from the Athletic Directors Association, two representatives from the Athletic Trainers Association, one representative from the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association, one representative from the Sports Information Directors Association, four members of NAIA coaches associations, the four elected officers of the Association of Student-Athletes, seven at-large representatives from the Association of Student-Athletes, and one member of the Champions of Character™ Advisory Committee, and two at-large positions will be designated for minorities. Representatives from NAIA coaches associations shall serve a single two-year term, and four different sports (two men’s sports and two women’s sports) shall be represented at all times. Terms for officers from the Association of Student-Athletes shall coincide with the individual’s term as an officer of the ASA. At-large representatives from the Association of Student-Athletes shall serve one-year terms, and individuals may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The initial council selection shall be staggered in order to ensure adequate council retention each year.

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Intent: To adjust the composition of the Council of Presidents, National Administrative Council, Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives, Council for Student-Athletes and National Coordinating Committee to ensure multiple positions are reserved for female and/or minority representatives.

Effective date: August 1, 2021

Submitted by: Heart of America Athletic Conference

Co-sponsored by: Golden State Athletic Conference, Association of Independent Institutions, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, Cascade Collegiate Conference

 

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