WKU Director Of Athletics Appointed To NCAA Women's Basketball Committee

Bowling Green, Ky. — In his eight years as Western Kentucky University’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Wood Selig has served on numerous committees during his administrative career. But, perhaps none of those will have quite the impact as the latest addition to his rsum.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that Selig has been appointed to the 10-member NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee — in this role, Selig will assist with the selection of the NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament field each March. He will serve a five-year term that concludes Sept. 1, 2011 as he replaces Denver AD Peg Bradley-Doppes.

Selig is the only athletic director on the committee, and is one of two males in the group. His responsibilities will focus on monitoring teams from the Big 12, Mountain West, and Southland Conferences, and he will be the committee’s secondary liason to schools from the Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun and Southern Conferences as well as Conference USA.

“It is a tremendous honor to be appointed to the Division I women’s basketball committee. I think my selection speaks to the proud history and tradition of Lady Topper basketball as well,” he said. “It is an appointment I will take very seriously as I strive to assist with the continual evolution and development of women’s college basketball. As a result of this assignment, I know I will develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the NCAA tournament selection process which ultimately will be of value and benefit for the schools and leagues I will be assigned to represent.”

Most recently, Selig has served as chair of two key Sun Belt Conference committees as he has led the league’s athletic directors from 2003-05 and directed the men’s basketball committee. He also is a member of several campus committees.

Selig came to the Hill in 1999 from Virginia, where he worked in the athletic department 11 years from 1988-99, including being promoted to assistant athletic director in 1990 and to associate athletic director in ’94. While at UVa, the women’s basketball team made 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Final Four on three occasions. He also has athletic administrative experience from working at Virginia Commonwealth (1985-87) and Ohio (1984-85).

“It is good to have WKU’s Athletic Director on such an important NCAA committee. Dr. Selig is highly respected among his NCAA peers,” said President Dr. Gary Ransdell. “This appointment speaks well of his command of the issues and opportunities within the NCAA, the Sun Belt Conference, and in women’s basketball.”

He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee in 1983, earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio two years later and was awarded his doctorate from Virginia in 1999. Selig and his wife Ellen have three children — Camden Alexander (9), Nicholas James (7) and Julianna (3).

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