- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Northwestern University’s Vice-President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips will head the NCAA’s Division I Council, a newly created group that will conduct the day-to-day business of the division.

Under a reorganization of the NCAAA, the council, expected to be composed mostly of athletic directors, will dictate most of the rules governing the 345 colleges and universities in Division I.

As chairman, Phillips will guide the group in its duties, including building much of the substructure and a relationship with the NCAA Board of Directors. The council will also govern championships, budgeting and student-athlete well-being issues.

Phillips will serve a two-year term as chair.

Before coming to Northwestern, Phillips served as athletics director at Northern Illinois University. He also spent time as an administrator at the University of Notre Dame.

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