Bryce Bernard Appointed to NAIA National Eligibility Committee
Bryce Bernard, Faculty Athletics Representative at Corban University (Ore.), has been appointed to serve on the NAIA National Eligibility Committee (NEC). The NEC is the NAIA's official body that administers eligibility matters, hears appeals of NAIA Eligibility Center decisions, and imposes sanctions on NAIA-member institutions.
Bernard will replace Jim Davies, who is rotating off the committee after 17 years of service. The NAIA Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives membership passed a policy change in 2011 providing for five-year renewable terms for the NEC. Previously, the committee members had lifetime appointments.
Bernard joins the NEC immediately as an observational member. He will become a full member at the 2013 NAIA National Convention, when Davies rotates off.
Bernard has served as faculty athletics representative at Corban, where he is a professor of business and accounting and director of the MBA program, since 1988. Bernard also is a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference eligibility committee.
"We welcome Bryce Bernard to the NEC, and we anticipate that his years of experience as an FAR and conference eligibly committee member will serve the Association well," said Matt Hanson, NAIA Director of Legislative Services.
Jim Davies, who was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2010 for his meritorious service to the Association, will remain eligibility chair of the California Pacific Conference. Davies retired from Simpson University (Calif.), where he was a longtime faculty athletics representative.
"Jim Davies has been a consistent and honorable voice throughout his 17-year tenure on the NAIA National Eligibility Committee," Hanson said. "We thank Jim for his continued service to the Association and his steadfast dedication to the Champions of Character ideals."
The NEC is appointed by the NAIA Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives and it is the interpreting body of the NAIA's Constitution and Bylaws. The NEC is the body that imposes penalties on NAIA-member athletics programs and charges institutions with the imposition of sanctions on student-athletes. It also initiates changes in NAIA policies and makes recommendations for legislation to be voted upon by the NAIA membership.
Additional members of the NAIA National Eligibility Committee are: Valerie Beeson, American Midwest Conference; Betty Etier, Huston-Tillotson University, (Texas); Harold Hubbard, University of the Cumberlands, (Ky.); and the chair, Thomas Howell, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
For more information about the governance of the NAIA, see the governance section on NAIA.org.