Jim_phillips.jpegJim Phillips, Northwestern's vice president for athletics and recreation, has been elected to chair the NCAA's new Division I Council and to serve as the representative athletic director on the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors.


In the NCAA's newly redesigned Division I governance structure, the Council is intended to conduct the day-to-day business of the division, comprised of 345 colleges and universities. As chair, Phillips will guide the group in its duties, including building much of the substructure and creating an effective relationship with the Board of Directors as well as addressing issues including championships, budgeting and student-athlete well-being.

“I’m humbled to serve the Division I Council, the NCAA and, most importantly, student-athletes across the nation in this role,” said Phillips. “The landscape of college athletics has dramatically been reshaped, and will continue to adapt with the care and development of our young men and women as the paramount priority.”

A native of the Portage Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side, Phillips returned home to become Northwestern’s athletics director in 2008. He currently serves as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Under his leadership, Wildcats student-athletes have accomplished historic success in the classroom, in the community and in competition.

Before coming to Northwestern, Phillips served as athletics director at Northern Illinois University. He also spent time as an administrator at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Arizona State University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, his alma mater.

Phillips will serve a two-year term as chair.

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