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Hoppe named OVC president

June 4, 2003

For the first time in its 56-year history, the Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents is under the leadership of two women.
June 4, 2003

For the first time in its 56-year history, the Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents is under the leadership of two women.

Austin Peay State University President Dr. Sherry L. Hoppe has assumed duties as the Conference's president and will serve as the Board's chair, while Eastern Kentucky University President Joanne K. Glasser has taken over duties as the league's vice president and will serve as vice-chair. It also is believed to also be the first time in NCAA history that two women hold the top leadership positions of a Division I conference in the same year. The announcement comes on the heels of the league's recently completed summer meetings in Nashville.

Hoppe, the first woman to head a four-year Tennessee Board of Regents university, has served as president at Austin Peay since January 2001, following a one-year interim appointment. She came to the University from Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn., where she had served as president since 1988. This will mark her first year as Conference president after having spent the past two as vice president of the league.

“I am pleased to be able to serve in a leadership role at this important time in the Ohio Valley Conference's history,” said Hoppe. “With two new institutions joining our conference and a new commissioner who brings fresh energy and ideas, it is an exciting time in the league. I look forward to working with Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher in maintaining the strong traditions of the OVC while adapting to the ever-changing world of intercollegiate athletics.”

Glasser became the first female president at Eastern Kentucky when she took office in October 2001. Prior to joining EKU, she served as executive vice president at Towson University in Maryland. This will mark her first year as OVC vice president.

“The Ohio Valley Conference has established itself as one the nation's premiere NCAA Division I conferences," Glasser said. "In addition to promoting excellence on the field, court and track, the OVC is also committed to our student-athletes' achievement in the classroom. It is for this reason I am honored and challenged to serve as vice president of the OVC. I look forward to working with Dr. Hoppe, our presidents and Commissioner Steinbrecher as we work for the betterment of our institutions' athletic programs.”

“This conference is fortunate to have diversity in its leadership,” stated Steinbrecher. “President Hoppe and President Glasser have a strong commitment to the role that intercollegiate athletics plays in American higher education. Both are effective advocates for their universities and for the OVC, and I welcome the opportunity to work with them in addressing the issues confronting our league.”

In other Conference business, the member institutions strengthened their commitment to sportsmanship in collegiate athletics by outlining penalties for individuals ejected from Conference competition.

The meetings also served as an opportunity for the Conference's newly formed Basketball Issues Subcommittee to lay the groundwork for upcoming discussions on scheduling and other issues facing both men's and women's basketball.