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April 1, 2020

St. Francis College President Miguel Martinez-Saenz Named to Ncaa Committee on Women's Athletics

Miguel Martinez-Saenz

Miguel Martinez-Saenz, Ph.D., President of St. Francis College, has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Committee on Women's Athletics, helping lead that organization's efforts to provide equitable opportunities, fair treatment and respect for all women in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics.

"Women make up more than 60 percent of our student body and our women's athletics program is cornerstone to our institution's overall mission," said President Martinez-Saenz. "There is no part of collegiate athletics I view as more important than advancing women's roles within it. I'm honored and grateful to the NCAA for allowing me to take on this responsibility."

The NCAA is the primary governing body for college sports in the United States. It represents more than 1,000 colleges and universities that designate themselves as Division I, II or III. St. Francis College is a Division I institution, meaning it is among those schools with the most teams and whose student-athletes compete at the highest level. The College's 10 women's teams include basketball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, cross country, swimming & diving, golf, water polo, tennis, bowling, and debuting the first time this year, soccer.

"From the first day that President Miguel stepped foot on campus at St. Francis College, he has been a tremendous advocate for women's sports," said Director of Athletics Irma Garcia. "Under his leadership and forward-thinking, we added women's

Miguel Martinez-Saenz and Irma Garciasoccer in June of 2018. The NCAA and our entire institution are fortunate to have a leader like President Miguel serve on this committee. Having our President sit on a national committee of this magnitude is something special as he will be able to advance the values and traditions of the NCAA with St. Francis and the Northeast Conference at the forefront. I congratulate him wholeheartedly."

President Martinez-Saenz will begin his four-year term on the Committee on Women's Athletics on September 1, 2020. The Committee has 18 members, with equal representation from all three divisions and among women and men. It is one of the 150 committees that govern the NCAA.

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