Feb. 25, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS – – Jane C. Meyer, senior associate director of athletics at the University of Iowa, will serve as chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee during the 2009-10 academic year. The appointment was made by the committee and confirmed by the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet.
Meyer’s term as chair will begin September 1. Currently serving her fourth year as a member of the committee, she will succeed Jacki Silar, associate director of athletics at Duke University, who is serving as chair of the committee for 2008-09 and will continue to serve on the committee for the 2009-10 academic year.
“To have had the opportunity to work alongside past chairs Joni Comstock, Judy Southard and Jacki Silar for the last four years has been a great experience. Their leadership has been extraordinary,” Meyer said. “To be selected chair of this committee is an honor. With so many good things happening in our game, it’s an exciting time to be working with the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.”
In her current role at the University of Iowa, Meyer serves as the senior woman administrator, sport administrator and oversees all intercollegiate athletics facilities projects and operations. She was the primary contact for the $88 million renovation of Kinnick Stadium (2004-2006) and has been involved with over $115 million of athletics construction projects to date. In addition, intercollegiate athletics projects currently in progress include the design and construction of a $6 million boathouse and $69 million Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, as well as the renovation of Carver Hawkeye Arena.
Prior to her arrival at the University of Iowa, Meyer served as the director of education outreach with the NCAA from June 1999 to March 2001. In her role with the NCAA, Meyer directed the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, alcohol education programs, the NCAA drug testing program, Title IX/gender equity education, women’s issues and the injury surveillance program. Prior to the NCAA, Meyer was the associate director of athletics and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her duties included oversight of a 19-sport nationally recognized NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program and she also served as director of the graduate sports administration program.
Meyer received her bachelor of science degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, in 1982 from Mount Mercy College. A four-year starter and captain for the Mustangs basketball team, she earned Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-America honors in 1981 and 1982, and was the AIAW Player of the Year in 1981. Following her playing career she coached at Mount Mercy from 1983 to 1985. She earned her master’s degree in 1988 and her doctorate of philosophy in 1992 in athletics administration from the University of Iowa.
“Jane is a strong leader who has been an advocate for the game and its student-athletes for many years, and she is an excellent choice to serve as chair of the committee,” said Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I Women’s Basketball. “As a senior member of the committee, she has been and will continue to be involved in many critical decisions regarding the championship and key women’s basketball initiatives.”