Northwestern State’s tradition of service to the NCAA Committee on Academics will continue for the next four years.
Beginning Sept. 1, NSU Director of Athletics Kevin Bostian will start a four-year term on the 20-person committee that supports the NCAA’s academic mission through the management of Division I academic matters, including policy, eligibility standards and the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.
Bostian’s appointment to the committee makes him the second straight top NSU athletic administrator to serve with the group, following former Director of Athletics Greg Burke, whose four-year term ran from 2015-19.
“This opportunity means a great deal to me, because of what it symbolizes for our student-athletes,” Bostian said. “We are in a period of tremendous change within college athletics, and the academic component of a student-athlete’s experience is no different. As part of the NCAA Committee on Academics, I find myself in a perfect position to assist our nearly 400 student-athletes with their academic and athletic journeys.”
Maintaining Northwestern State’s pillars of competitive success, academic excellence and community service, Bostian saw the department produce a school-record Graduation Success Rate of 88 percent in his first full year at NSU.
Additionally, Northwestern State took home the Southland Conference Community Service Award.
As the Southland Conference’s only representative on the committee, Bostian has a chance to work closely with a national group that will chart the course for student-athletes throughout Division I athletics.
It will allow Bostian to expound upon the vision he has for Northwestern State athletics.
“We tell our student-athletes when they come here, we want them to do three things,” Bostian said. “We want them to be able to compete for a championship in their sport. We want them to earn a degree in the major of their choice. And we want to develop them to be leaders in their careers.
“Working alongside other leaders from across the country on this committee will allow me to more effectively lead our student-athletes and help us achieve the goals we have for them.”