Sep 6th, 2011 @ 7:52 am | Author:
Dr. Steve Shirley, president of Valley City State University, has been elected to serve on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents. His term will begin immediately and conclude December 31, 2014.

"Athletics is a vital part of VCSU, and we take great pride in our competitiveness both on the field as well as in the classroom," said Dr. Shirley. "I am pleased to actively participate in the leadership of the NAIA."

The NAIA Council of Presidents is the chief governing body of the NAIA with responsibility for all budgetary and fiscal matters, employment and supervision of the president/chief executive officer, and continuing review, evaluation and strengthening of academic standards. Dr. Shirley joins Drs. Gary Bonvillian of Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia, and David Manuel of Louisiana State University at Alexandria as representatives for the Association of Independent Institutions.

The NAIA's purpose is to promote the education and development of students through intercollegiate athletic participation. The sanctioning body has 50,000 student-athletes participating at nearly 300 member institutions throughout the United States and Canada. VCSU has been a member of the NAIA since 1949, and currently offers 14 varsity sports.

Dr. Shirley began as the 12th president of VCSU in July, 2008. Significant developments in athletics during Dr. Shirley's tenure include the reintroduction of six varsity sports and VCSU being honored with the 2010-11 Dakota Athletic Conference Scholars Award, presented annually to the school with the highest percentage of athletes honored as DAC Scholar-Athletes. VCSU has also been recognized by the NAIA as a Champion of Character institution each year from 2001-02 (the first year for the award) through 2009-10, and has the qualifications required to receive the award again for 2010-11 (the NAIA will announce the winners October 1, 2011).

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.