LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior associate director of athletics Maisha Kelly has been appointed by the NCAA Board of Directors to the NCAA Division I Council, where she will represent the Patriot League on important NCAA policy matters. Kelly’s term in this crucial role begins immediately and continues through June 30, 2019, when she will become eligible to be reappointed for an additional four years.

The NCAA Division I Council is comprised of conference commissioners, athletics directors, athletics administrators, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and student-athletes, with each of the 32 Division I conferences represented. According to the NCAA, the 40-person Council is responsible for the day-to-day decision-making for Division I athletics.

“I am honored to represent the Patriot League in this governance role,” said Kelly. “I appreciate the confidence interim director of athletics Tim Pavlechko and Patriot League commissioner Jennifer Heppel have in me to carry out my responsibilities on campus, while also shepherding the League's position and platform within the NCAA’s governance structure.”  

“Congratulations to Maisha on this prestigious appointment to the NCAA Division I Council,” said Pavlechko. “Throughout her time at Bucknell, Maisha has demonstrated an enthusiastic interest in governance issues here on campus, as well as within the Patriot League and across the Division I landscape. We know she will represent the Patriot League and its student-athletes very well.”  

Kelly brings a wide range of perspectives to the Division I Council, as she has been thoroughly engaged in student-athlete advocacy at the institutional, conference and NCAA levels throughout her career. Now in her eighth year as senior associate AD and senior woman administrator at Bucknell, Kelly is also currently a member of the NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee and the Division I Nominating Committee. She previously served as a member of the NCAA Division I Track and Field Committee, where she was appointed Chair in her final year of service.

Prior to coming to Bucknell, Kelly worked at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, where she served as an assistant director of championships. In that role she worked with individual coaches and administrators, coaching bodies, sport committees and site hosts for various NCAA Championship events.

At Bucknell, Kelly is a key member of the department’s leadership team, where she holds a sport supervisory role and has played a significant part in the department's long-range planning initiatives.

Bucknell competes in NCAA Division I as a member of the Patriot League and has full membership along with American, Army West Point, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland and Navy. Bucknell has won the Presidents' Cup, signifying the Patriot League's all-sports champion, in 18 of 27 years and annually ranks among the nation’s best student-athlete graduation rate.