Percy Bates, the U-Ms faculty representative to the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA for the past 12 years, has been elected to chair the Division I Management Council for 2002.
Bates, who served the 2001 year as the group vice chair, has been on the council since it first started in 1992. He replaces outgoing chair Charles Harris, commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Harris was an assistant athletic director at Michigan in the late 1970s, leaving to become the athletic director at Pennsylvania and Arizona State before taking his current job. Bates is the first faculty representative to chair the Management Council. All previous chairs have been athletic directors.
The NCAA is working through so many serious questions on many different fronts, said Bates. I am grateful that everyone feels I can play an important role as we discuss these questions and try to set a path for the future.
He also has served on the executive committee and as president of the Faculty Athletic Representative Association (FARA). He has been very active with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in serving as the Management Council liaison to the SAAC here at the U-M. Currently the vice chair of the Management Council, he has served on the NCAA Management Council since its inception.
Bates is the director for the programs for educational opportunity in the School of Education. A psychologist and special educator, he is a professor of education, where he has been a faculty member since 1965. During his tenure, he also has served as chair of the Higher Education Commission of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and had a tour of duty as deputy assistant secretary for special education in the Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
He has participated and presented at national conferences and forums on athletics, as well as written articles about the importance of integrity and ethics in intercollegiate athletics, the importance of academics for student-athletes and the importance of equity for all student-athletes.