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DATE:  March 3, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Eliot Chenaux, Vice President for Student Affairs, (361) 825-2612; Dan Viola, Athletic Director, (361) 825-5541; Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications (361) 825-2427

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Athletics Program Receives 10-Year NCAA Division I Certification

The intercollegiate athletics program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received certification from the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, along with 12 other Division I member institutions.

The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification process. Certifications are reviewed on a 10-year cycle.

“We are extremely proud having earned our certification” said University President Flavius C. Killebrew. “Our program has experienced remarkable achievements since the fall of 1999, and this recognition illustrates it. We commend our student athletes and Athletic Director Dan Viola and his staff.”   

A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in “substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.” Legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.

The certification process at A&M-Corpus Christi was conducted through a self-study led by Dr. Eliot Chenaux, vice president for student affairs. It included a review of governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, equity and welfare.

Dr. Chenaux said that “the self-study process was a rigorous exercise. We examined our program very meticulously, and we are proud to have received the designation of certified.”

Athletic Director Dan viola added: “We are really pleased that we were able to be certified without conditions by the NCAA.  A lot of people from our campus, outside of athletics, put a tremendous amount of work and effort in our self-study document.”


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