Intercollegiate Athletics Committee

Charge and Membership

The Intercollegiate Athletics Committee assists the President, Provost, Director of Athletics, and the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives in the interpretation and implementation of Athletics policies.

The Committee is concerned with all facets of intercollegiate athletics at Ohio University. Policies and procedures pertaining to athletics are under the jurisdiction of the Committee subject to the approval of the President. Such matters include:

  • Serve as liaison between student athletes and other members of the academic community.
  • Review of major policy statements, motions, and other significant matters to be introduced or acted on at MAC (Mid-American Conference) and/or the NCAA meetings.
  • Review of Athletics Department gender equity plans, with a view to recommending specific actions to further progress toward compliance.
  • Involvement in strategic planning efforts undertaken by the Athletics Department.
  • Involvement in periodic self-study reviews as mandated by either the MAC or the NCAA.
  • Periodic review of governance policies relating to such issues as student athlete eligibility processes, disciplinary practices, and student absences from campus for athletic participation. Recommendations for alterations in practices, or the creation of new policies or practices may be made to the Director of Athletics and/or President as appropriate.
  • Review of, and possible sponsorship of, academic and athletic awards presented to current student-athletes.
  • Representation on search committees for head coaches and/or senior staff by members of the Committee.
  • Responding to requests from the President and/or Director of Athletics for recommendations on issues not covered in the above, as deemed appropriate or advisable.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Committee is an advisory committee reporting to the President.


5 Faculty
2 Undergraduate Students and 1 Graduate Student
2 Administrators
4 Ex-officio – Representative from each of the following areas:
• 2 – NCAA Faculty Representatives (voting)
• 1 – Director of Athletics or designee
• 1 – Senior leader of Department of Athletics (e.g., Deputy AD, Sr. Assoc. AD, or Assoc. AD)
1 Community Member

Committee Roster


Karen Petko
Associate Director, Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Zachary Tumblin
Network Engineer II

Community Member


Julie Cromer
Director of Athletics

Amy Dean, M.S.A
Athletic Director

Aimee Edmondson
Graduate Director, Scripps
Faculty Athletic Representative

Thomas Vander Ven
Faculty Athletic Representative


Stephen Bergmeier PhD
Fellow, Edison Biotechnology Institute
Director, Medicinal Chemistry Center
Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chris Kennedy

James Odenthal
Physical Therapy

Jim Strode
Associate Professor Sports Administration

Christina Wright
Assistant Professor of Instruction, Sports Administration

Graduate Student

Reagan Farmer

Undergraduate Student

Taja Booker

All University committees follow the academic-year calendar.

All students serve one-year terms. Faculty, administrators, and staff generally serve three-year terms. Ex-Officio appointments have voting privileges unless otherwise noted.