USF president to represent CCAC

USF President Arvid C. Johnson was selected to serve on the Council of Presidents for the National Association of Collegiate Athletics.

USF President Arvid C. Johnson was selected to serve on the Council of Presidents for the National Association of Collegiate Athletics.

University of St. Francis (USF) President Arvid C. Johnson has been selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) presidents as the conference representative to the NAIA Council of Presidents.

The Council of Presidents is the chief governing body of the NAIA and is comprised of chief executive officers who are elected to represent conferences, independent institutions and members at-large. Along with the University of St. Francis, CCAC includes Calumet College of St. Joseph, Cardinal Stritch University, Holy Cross College, Indiana University – South Bend, Judson University, Olivet Nazarene University, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University – North Central, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, Saint Xavier University, Trinity Christian College and Trinity International University.

“I look forward to representing the high-quality athletic programs of the CCAC,” said Johnson. “Each of the CCAC institutions shares in the belief that athletics plays an important role in character building and leadership as part of an overall excellent college experience. We want to ensure that our athletes excel on and off the playing field – thanks, in part, to the values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership that are at the core of the NAIA experience.”

Johnson, a Frankfort resident, just started his second year as president; he was installed as USF’s ninth president June 2013. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in physics (Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill.) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering (Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.), Johnson holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), and a Ph.D. in management science from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, Ill.).

CCAC oversees women’s and men’s sports of basketball Division II; cross country, golf, outdoor track and field, soccer and tennis. Additionally, the men’s baseball and women’s softball and volleyball are part of the organization’s responsibilities.

The NAIA is a governing body of athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Each year more than 60,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions.

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