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Ambrose Joins Knight Commission Discussion on College Sports

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 17, 2014) – University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose will join national college educators and athletics leaders Monday, March 17 to consider important issues related to the future of college sports.  Ambrose will be part of a public, four-member panel discussion when he participates in The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Meeting in Miami.

Formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989, The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics was created in response to more than a decade of highly visible scandals in college sports. The commission’s goal was to promote a reform agenda emphasizing academic values. Many of the commission’s prior recommendations have been adopted by the NCAA, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least half of its players to be eligible in post-season championships.

During the one-day meeting, commission members and other invited participants and panelists will discuss proposed changes to the NCAA’s governance structure, new benefits for college athletes sought by some conferences as well as changes proposed by the National College Players Association, and status and future direction of academic reforms.

Ambrose, who has chairs the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and is former chair of the NCAA Division II President’s Council, joins a panel that will discuss “Looking Ahead to the Next Decade of College Sports.”  With him for the session will be Bob Bowlsby, commissioner, Big 12 Conference; Walter Harrison, president, University of Hartford and chair of the Committee on Academic Performance; and Nathan Hatch, president, Wake Forest University and chair of the NCAA Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to be invited to participate in The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and to be among individuals who value  intercollegiate athletics and the balance required to keep student-athletes at the forefront of our agenda,” Ambrose said.