NCAA Vice President Dan Dutcher to Speak at Western New England University

NCAA Vice President Dan Dutcher to Speak at Western New England University
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--NCAA Vice President for Division III Dan Dutcher will be on the Western New England University campus on Wednesday, March 11, to speak to attendees as part of the Center for International Sport Business (CISB) program series, "For the Love of the Games." As the 20th speaker in the Series, Dutcher's theme is "World of Opportunities in NCAA Division III" and his presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the Lyman and Leslie Wood Auditorium (Sleith Hall). This event is free and open to the public, and is made possible by a generous grant from the Western New England Alumni Association.

Dutcher joined the Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1986 as a legislative services assistant before being promoted to director of legislative services in 1991, and then to his current position on the NCAA President's Cabinet in 1996. He serves as chief staff liaison to the Division III Presidents and Management Councils, and oversees the 33 other governance committees in Division III. He earned his bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and his juris doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1984. 

Prior to joining the NCAA, Dutcher worked as an attorney for Hobbins and Martin in Saco, Maine--his home state. His wife, Karen, is an attorney with the Hoosier Cancer Research Network. They are the parents of 17-year-old twins Michael and Anna. In his volunteer capacity, Dutcher has served on the City of Carmel Ethics Board, the Carmel/Clay Board of Parks & Recreation, and the Carmel/Clay Plan Commission. among various other community and youth activities in Carmel, Ind.
 
CISB Director Curt Hamakawa and Dutcher, who were NCAA colleagues at the beginning of their respective careers, were recently reacquainted with each other through the good offices of Dr. Sharianne Walker, professor and chair of the sport management department, who serves as Western New England University's faculty athletics representative (FAR) to the NCAA. Walker met Dutcher at the FAR Fellows Leadership Institute in Indianapolis last fall, and upon her return to campus collaborated with Hamakawa to extend the invitation to Dutcher. Hamakawa said that the University community is "fortunate, indeed, to have a person of Dan Dutcher's stature pay a visit to Western New England to talk about some of the hot topics in intercollegiate athletics."

Established in 2007, the CISB is a forum for the study of the business of sport with an international emphasis. In addition to the distinguished speaker programs that bring prominent personalities from sport and business to the University community, the CISB organizes a summer Seminar Abroad program that takes students to the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup.
 
For more information, contact Curt Hamakawa at 413-782-1786 or curt.hamakawa@wne.edu.