Castleton President Dave Wolk was recently appointed to represent the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Presidents Council.
The 18-member Presidents Council is Division III's primary governance body, overseeing the Division III Management Council and the division's committee structure. The Council meets on a quarterly basis and has budgetary oversight, as well as the ultimate authority to establish, direct, and implement policies for the Division.
“I am honored to represent Castleton and the North Atlantic Conference on the Presidents Council,” Wolk said. “I look forward to serving the more than 400 Division III institutions across the country. Our student-athletes are students first, and represent all that is good in college sports; commitment to academics, community service, and sportsmanship.”
Wolk came to the presidency of Castleton in December 2001 after intertwined careers in education and government. As the longest-serving President in Castleton's history he has overseen an increased involvement by the university in the local community and an expanded commitment to civic engagement and service learning.
Wolk has overseen the impressive transformation of Castleton athletics during his tenure as well, expanding from 12 sports at his inauguration to its current 27 varsity offerings. In addition to increasing offerings, Wolk has also provided the vision and guidance to the building or renovation of every athletic facility, including the crown-jewel of the department, Spartan Stadium.
With the most recent campus renovations and construction completed during the 2013-14 academic year, Castleton has invested over $75 million in college infrastructure improvements since 2002.
Wolk has served as chairperson of the NAC Presidents Council, and on more than 40 boards and commissions during his professional career.
“The NAC has been extremely fortunate to have a leader of President Wolk's caliber to provide direction for more than a decade,” said NAC Commissioner Julie Muller. “His appointment to the Presidents Council will provide the opportunity for him to share his insights and vision for the entire Division during a very interesting time in history for intercollegiate athletics. He is the perfect person to provide a voice for our conference and to ensure the continued commitment to our most important assets; our student-athletes.”
Wolk’s term of service began following the Division III Business Session at the recent NCAA National Convention and will continue through January, 2019.