August 2, 2021

Chancellor Wachter appointed to Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group

UW-Superior Chancellor, Dr. Renee Wachter, has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group representing the eight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference institutions.

UW-Superior Chancellor, Dr. Renee Wachter, has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group representing the eight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference institutions.

University of Wisconsin-Superior Chancellor, Dr. Renee Wachter, has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group (PAG) representing the eight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) institutions.

The Division III PAG was established in response to the Division III Presidents Council’s desire to more directly and effectively engage presidents and chancellors in governance discussions at the national, conference and institutional levels.

“We are excited to have Chancellor Wachter represent the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the UMAC as a member of the Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group,” said Corey Borchardt, UMAC Commissioner. “Chancellor Wachter has been an outstanding and engaged leader within the UMAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors since she began serving on the Council. She will be a thoughtful contributor to the PAG and will focus on the philosophy of the division and our conference in supporting the student-athlete experience.”

Wachter will begin her role on the PAG in August and will represent the UMAC through at minimum the January 2023 NCAA Convention. She also begins her three-year term as the chair of the UMAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors with the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.

“Last year was a challenging one as our campuses navigated the athletics season during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Wachter. “I’m proud of how our conference worked to provide a great student athlete experience.  I am honored to serve as chair of the UMAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors, and I look forward to continuing working with this tremendous group of leaders from across the UMAC. I am confident that together this season will bring even greater things for our universities, the conference and most importantly, our student-athletes.”

The UMAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors holds the decision-making power for the conference and dictates conference policies and philosophies. It also approves the operating budget and steers the long-range planning for the UMAC.

The Division III PAG has the following four objectives:

  • To enhance the level of understanding by presidents/chancellors in the NCAA governance process related to key issues facing Division III.  Special emphasis is placed on the Division III Strategic Positioning Platform.
  • To enhance the leadership of presidents/chancellors in the governance of intercollegiate athletics at the national, conference and institutional levels.  Special emphasis is placed on key legislative proposals and policies and strategic direction.
  • To enhance the integration of athletics programs within the educational mission of Division III institutions and conferences.  Special emphasis is placed on strategic initiatives implemented through the Division III Conference Grant Program.
  • To better recognize and accommodate the differing models of conference governance and expectations of leadership by presidents/chancellors within Division III.

Wachter has served as the University of Wisconsin-Superior chancellor since July 2011. During her tenure, UW-Superior successfully joined the UMAC as a full member in the fall of 2015. In their first six years in the UMAC, the Yellowjackets have won 23 regular season conference championships and nine NCAA tournament titles. The Yellowjackets have represented the UMAC in 13 NCAA team championships.

UW-Superior Chancellor, Dr. Renee Wachter, has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group representing the eight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference institutions.

UW-Superior Chancellor, Dr. Renee Wachter, has been appointed to the NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group representing the eight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference institutions.

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