WCSU President James W. Schmotter’s active participation in the Little East Conference (LEC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) earned him top recognition. In June 2008, after the retirement of John Nazarian, president of Rhode Island College, Schmotter replaced Nazarian as LEC president for a two-year term.
LEC Commissioner Jonathan Harper said it was only natural to also nominate Schmotter to sit on the NCAA Division III President’s Council Advisory Group, a term that runs until January 2011.
“I didn’t hesitate to nominate him to the president’s group,” Harper said. “He’s a strong proponent of athletics and understands the role of athletics and the overall community on campus. He has a strong vision and is a fine example for his colleagues.”