July 2 - WEXFORD, Pa. – The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) has announced that Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller will serve as chair of conference’s Presidents’ Council in the 2008-09 academic year.
With Miller assuming the chair of the Presidents’ Council, the other PAC standing councils will also be chaired by Bethany administrators in the 08-09 academic year. Serving as chair of the PAC Athletic Directors Council will be Bethany AD Tim Weaver, while Bethany Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Dr. Wallace Neel will be chair of the PAC Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (PAC FARA).
Dr. Miller was named president of Bethany College in the fall 2007, after serving 10 years as president of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, and seven years as president of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Earlier in his career, he was a sportswriter/editor/columnist for two newspapers and sports information director at two colleges.
A collegiate distance runner at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1981, Dr. Miller was a former Vice President and President of the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference and long-time Vice Chair of the Board of the NCAA Division III Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (now the Colonial States Athletic Conference). Throughout his career, he has been active in NCAA Division II and III at the national level and is currently serving a three-year term on the NCAA Division III Membership Committee.
Weaver, who is also Bethany’s head football coach, took on the additional duties as Director of Athletics and Recreation in June. A former assistant coach at numerous NCAA Division I and II institutions--including Ivy League foes Harvard and Columbia, Weaver is in his third year at Bethany. Administratively, he coordinated the search for a new head men’s basketball coach during the spring and is currently overseeing the construction and revitalization of the football, track and softball facilities at Bethany.
Dr. Neel has been at Bethany since 1982 in numerous coaching and administrative roles. He served as head football coach from 1982-89, while also coaching the track and field programs for 10 years and the golf team for one season. As an administrator, Dr. Neel was the school’s director of athletics and recreation from 1993 until 2002 and been chair of the school’s Physical Education and Sports Studies department for 16 years. Currently, he is the Associate Provost at Bethany in addition to his duties as FAR.
Founded in 1955, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member’s philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself.
The PAC annually crowns champions in 19 sports (10 men, nine women). In 2007-08, the PAC had 35 teams represent the conference in postseason play, including 19 in NCAA championship events. PAC championship teams receive automatic qualification (AQ) status for most NCAA Division III national championship events.