MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's College Director of Athletics Mark Orr was recently appointed chairperson of the Division I Amateurism Cabinet for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Orr, the Gaels' athletic director since March of 2006, will serve the membership in this capacity for the next two years. He has served on the Amateurism Cabinet since 2011 and becomes only the third chair since inception of the cabinet in 2008. Mark Hollis, the athletic director at Michigan State University, and Baylor University faculty representative and law professor Mike Rogers were the previous two chairpersons.
The Amateurism Cabinet along with the Academics Cabinet, and the Administration Cabinet replaced the former Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet. This cabinet is responsible for all pre- and post-enrollment amateurism issues, including oversight of issues pertaining to the NCAA Eligibility Center, student-athlete likeness issues, and the relationship between college and professional athletes.
The Amateurism Cabinet reports to the Division I Leadership Council on policy issues and the Division I Legislative Council on legislative issues.
"There are a variety of complex issues currently facing college athletics and many of them are related to amateurism," said Orr, who served as the chair of the West Coast Conference's Executive Council from 2009-11. "I am honored to represent Saint Mary's, the West Coast Conference and the NCAA and I look forward to building upon the leadership Mike Rogers and Mark Hollis provided this cabinet since it began five years ago."