Penn State Intercom......March 20, 2003

Spanier tapped for BCS panel

President Graham B. Spanier is one of six university presidents who will chart the future direction of major college football as part of a new presidential committee within the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

The committee, composed of presidents from each of the athletic conferences that participate in the BCS, will provide oversight on issues associated with the structure of the series, including a review of options for modification of the structure in the future.

"In addition to the presidential committee, the BCS is in the process of forming an advisory committee of athletic directors from each BCS conference to aid in the planning for the next cycle of postseason football," said Michael Tranghese, Big East Conference commissioner and chair of the BCS. "The presidents will review recommendations concerning structure and process."

This is the latest of several national leadership roles for Spanier within the realm of intercollegiate athletics. He was appointed in 1996 to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors, and chaired the Board from 1997-2001. He previously had served as a member of the NCAA Presidents Commission, and was on the national advisory board of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

Last month, he completed service on a blue-ribbon federal panel of 15 educators and sports professionals who spent seven months examining ways of strengthening enforcement of Title IX and expanding opportunities to ensure fairness for all college athletes.

In addition to Spanier, who will represent the Big Ten Conference, committee members include (with conference affiliation): Marye Ann Fox, North Carolina State University (Atlantic Coast Conference); Donna Shalala, University of Miami (Big East Conference); Harvey Perlman, University of Nebraska (Big XII Conference); Robert Khayat, University of Mississippi (Southeastern Conference); and David Frohnmayer, University of Oregon (Pacific-10 Conference).

The current BCS agreement with college football's major bowl games -- the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar and Rose -- and ABC Sports concludes with the playing of the 2005-06 bowl games.