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USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors.

Dr. Sandra J. Jordan, the chancellor of USC Aiken, was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors during its annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

The board of governors is the highest governance body in the NCAA and comprises institutional chief executive officers who oversee association-wide policies and guidelines, according to a news release from USCA.

The NCAA includes Division I, II and III institutions. The board is charged with ensuring that each division, and the NCAA as a whole, operates consistently with the basic purposes, fundamental policies and general principles of the association.

"I'm honored to serve on the NCAA Board of Governors and to represent the interests of our student athletes, institutions and college athletics. It is both a wonderful opportunity and personal pleasure to serve with such a distinguished group of leaders from across the nation," Jordan said.

This position requires tremendous commitment and insight, according to the release.

"By virtue of its mandate and prominent nature of the NCAA, the Board of Governors' leadership affects the entirety of collegiate athletics, often with broader impact in American society, given the reach and relevance of collegiate athletics," the NCAA staff said.

Jordan had two additional leadership positions within the association. During the organization's conference, Jordan also was elected vice president of the NCAA's Division II Council of Presidents and chairman of the finance and planning committee for the division.

"During the past several years, the Council of Presidents has enjoyed exceptional leadership by the executive team who made every decision with the athletes in mind," Jordan said. "My intention is to remain focused on the well-being of student athletes."

Not only does Jordan's leadership role bring national exposure to USCA but also to the Peach Belt Conference, according to the release. The PBC includes Division II institutions in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

Jordan is on the Peach Belt Conference's Executive Committee. Dave Bunk, commissioner of the Peach Belt Conference, indicated she is the first member from a Peach Belt Conference institution to be elected to an executive position on the NCAA Council of Presidents and the first to be appointed to the Board of Governors.

"What a well-deserved honor for Dr. Jordan to be the first Peach Belt Conference President-Chancellor elected to serve as vice president of the DII President's Council and first to serve on the prestigious NCAA Board of Governors," he said. "These appointments show the respect she has garnered from her many colleagues around the country in helping to lead intercollegiate athletics during these uncertain times. Having her voice in a leadership role with representatives from all three divisions will benefit not only student-athletes, coaches and administrators in the PBC but the entire association."

‚ÄčLarry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.