UTEP Director of Athletics Bob Stull has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, replacing former University of Memphis AD R.C. Johnson. Stull’s term is for two years through July 1, 2014.
Comprised of representatives from every Division I conference, the Leadership Council supports the NCAA Board of Directors in identifying issues critical to the future of the NCAA, and helps set the legislative agenda for the coming year.
The Leadership Council also oversees a number of other NCAA committees, including the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, the Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Committee on Women's Athletics and all NCAA cabinets.
Stull has overseen widespread growth both on and off the playing field in 14 years at the helm of the UTEP athletic program. The football team has played in four bowl games, men’s basketball has reached the postseason in seven of the last nine years and women’s basketball made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2012. Other highlights from the Stull era include the cross country and track & field programs winning a combined 11 conference titles in the last eight years, rifle finishing top-5 in the nation in 2012, women’s golf capturing the 2011 Conference USA title and soccer knocking off Texas in Austin to reach the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. UTEP has annually ranked among the C-USA leaders in attendance for all sports.
Stull has also shepherded the construction of the 65,000 square foot Larry K. Durham Sports Center, the 43,000 square foot Foster Stevens Basketball Center and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex, while renovations have been performed on all existing facilities. Student-athlete graduation rates are on the rise annually, and student-athletes completed over 3,500 hours of community service during the 2011-12 athletic year.