Director of Athletics
was invited to
become a member
of the prestigious
NCA A Division
Council, adding to
his already long list of council memberships
and professional accomplishments.
Purnell, who came to Wittenberg in
1999, is already quite familiar with the
organization. He previously spent five
years as a compliance representative
with the NCA A, which is based in
Indianapolis, Ind., and he also serves
as a member of the NCAA Division III
Financial Aid Committee.
"I feel I bring to the council a good
knowledge of the NCAA, and a coach's
perspective," said Purnell, who also
has served as head men's golf coach at
Wittenberg since 2004.
The NCAA Division III Management
Council currently has 19 members,
consisting of athletic directors ,
institutional CEOs, faculty athletics
representatives and members of campus
Student-Athlete Advisory Committees
(SAAC). It is responsible for a majority of
the governance of Division III athletics,
charged with resolving issues, overseeing
various sports and association-wide
committees, and paying special attention
to financial aid and women's athletics.
These committees report their actions
to the council, which then reports to the
NCAA President's Council.
"I hope to bring a greater insight into
the issues in our division," Purnell said.
"I want to resolve some of the issues and
'growing pains' surrounding Division
Purnell, who attended his f irst
meeting in October 2006, said that
he also will be participating on other
NCAA committees in the near future.
"It's definitely an honor to be chosen
and be a part of this group," Purnell said.
"I hope to make the most of this experience
and help our association get better."