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Westra Appointed Chair of NAIA National Council

Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Commissioner Corey Westra (’97) has been appointed the 2007-2008 chair of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Affiliated Conferences and Independents (CACI) at the recent NAIA National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. In this position, Westra will chair CACI meetings for the next two years at the NAIA National Convention and at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention.

The Council of Affiliated Conferences and Independents sets policies for NAIA regional events, national statistical services, and national awards.

Since September of 2006, Westra has served on the NAIA Direct Qualification Task Force. This Task Force has studied and made recommendations to the Council of Presidents and General Membership about eliminating the NAIA regional structure and moving sports currently under that system to a conference/independent direct qualification system.

Westra, who has been the Commissioner of the GPAC since June of 2003, also serves on the NAIA National Coordinating Committee (NCC). The NCC provides broad policy oversight and serves as an appellate body to the National Eligibility Committee and Conduct and Ethics Committees. Recently Westra served as the Co-Tournament Director for the NAIA Women’s Division II National Basketball Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

The NAIA has 50,000 student athletes participating at nearly 300 member colleges.