Marymount president named to NCAA council

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Matthew D. Shank, president of Marymount University in Arlington, has been selected for the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body in Division III. Dr. Shank will represent the Capital Athletic Conference as one of 18 Division III presidents on the council.

"This is an honor and a privilege," Shank said. "Intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of campus life here at Marymount, and I welcome the opportunity to represent our conference at the national level."

Marymount has 17 intercollegiate teams, nine for men and eight for women. Under Shank's leadership, the university added baseball and men's volleyball, women's golf, and men's and women's triathlon. It was the first college in the United States to field a varsity triathlon program.

Shank is the first representative from the CAC since Jane Margaret O'Brien, president of St. Mary's College of Maryland, served on the council in the early 2000s. Shank previously served on the Presidential Advisory Group, which provides consultation and advice to the Presidents Council.

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