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HBCU AD appointed to NCAA Football Oversight Committee

HBCU AD appointed to NCAA Football Oversight Committee

Courtesy of Morgan State Athletics

BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State University’s Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dena Freeman-Patton, has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series (FCS) Oversight Committee. This prestigious role will see the HBCU administrator serve a four-year term, concluding on June 30, 2028.

Freeman-Patton, who is entering her third year at Morgan State, joins a team of administrators tasked with enhancing the development of FCS football with a focus on prioritizing a well-rounded student-athlete experience, student-athletes personal growth, and leadership development. 

The Football Oversight Committee will make recommendations related to regular-season and postseason football, enhance the student-athlete educational experience, promote student-athletes personal growth and leadership development, and work in conjunction with appropriate governance entities to provide solutions to issues impacting the health and safety of football student-athletes.

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Freeman-Patton expressed her excitement about the appointment, stating, I am excited to be appointed to the FCS Oversight Committee and I look forward to advancing the sport of football.”. 

The Football Oversight Committee supervises procedures for licensing of postseason bowls and qualifications and/or selection procedures for the FCS Championship. The committee reviews recommendations from the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee and process other issues related to the administration of the FCS Championship. 

The committee will assume many of the duties of the former NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee and will provide direction to the NCAA Football Rules Committee regarding playing rules governing FBS and FCS football. The Football Oversight Committee is comprised of representatives from each divisional subgroup that sponsors football.

As a member of the Oversight Committee, Freeman-Patton will have a significant voice in shaping the future of FCS football. Her appointment is not only a personal honor but also a reflection of Morgan State University’s commitment to excellence in intercollegiate athletics.

Morgan State University, an HBCU founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution offering more than 126 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, and the only university to have its entire campus designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit 

HBCU AD appointed to NCAA Football Oversight Committee

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