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D2 CCA Announces Ruth Reinhardt as 2017 Award of Merit Recipient

Ruth Reinhardt
June 21, 2017

CLEVELAND — Longtime NCAA employee Ruth Reinhardt was named the 2017 D2 CCA Award of Merit recipient by the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2 CCA) Officers. She was presented with his award on Tuesday, June 20 at the D2 CCA Meetings at the Residence Inn, River North in Chicago, Illinois.

The Award of Merit is the highest honor presented by the D2 CCA and is reserved for those individuals who have made the most exceptional contributions to the entire NCAA Division II membership and Division II student-athletes.

Reinhardt has been with the NCAA for over 18 years, beginning in March 1999. Shortly after being hired in Kansas City, she became the executive assistant for Division II.

During her time at the NCAA, Reinhardt has been the primary support person for all things Division II. At the time the NCAA moved from Kansas City to Indianapolis, the governance team consisted of three people who dealt with the Division II Presidents Council, Management Council and all project teams and working groups. In addition, as new programs and initiatives were introduced to the membership, the governance staff was always the first stop prior to the program being ‘farmed out’ to additional staff. Assisting the other two team members, the staff developed and instituted, among other programs, the Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Enhancement Program, the Coaching Enhancement Grant and the Division II Membership Fund. In recent years, in addition to her role with the Management Council and Presidents Council, Reinhardt has played an important role in the creation, development and application of the Division II Conference Grant Program, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Division II Planning and Finance Committee, also staffed by the Division II governance team.

Reinhardt participated in the 2007 Corporate Challenge and carried away the Rookie of the Year Award for her overall participation in the event. Additionally, she was recognized as a finalist in the inaugural NCAA President’s Award Ceremony, held in 2011. Her commitment to excellent customer service to the Division II membership is unsurpassed.

 

 

Prior to working at the NCAA, Reinhardt served as the administrator to the Lilly Endowment Fund at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and as an administrative assistant/bookkeeper for Epworth United Methodist Church, both in Indianapolis. She also assisted in a family owned executive search firm from 1985-92.

Reinhardt attended Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in business education, and later studied court reporting at The Stenotype Institute. She and her husband have been married almost 46 years and have two children and eight grandchildren.

Reinhardt joins an impressive group of individuals who have received the D2 CCA Award of Merit: Noel Olson, former Commissioner of the North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (1998); Bob Vanatta, former Commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference (1999); Fred Jacoby, former Commissioner of the Lone Star Conference (2000); Sonny Moran, former Athletic Director at Morehead State (KY) University (2001); Bill Moore, former Commissioner of the New England Collegiate Conference (2002); Mike Racy, former NCAA Vice President for Division II (2003); Dr. Adam Herbert, former President of the University of North Florida (2004); Dr. Kent Wyatt, former President of Delta State University (2005); Don Landry, former Commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference (2006); Dr. Charles Ambrose, former President of Pfeiffer University (2007); Arend D. (Don) Lubbers, former President Emeritus of Grand Valley State University (2008); Doug Echols, former SAC Commissioner (2009); Tom Brown, former GLIAC Commissioner (2010); Terri Steeb, Vice President of NCAA Division II (2012); Nancy Mitchell, former Executive Director of the DII CCA (2013); Robert Hiegert, former CCAA Commissioner (2014); Butch Raymond, former commissioner of the NSIC (2015) and Barry Blizzard, former WVIAC Commissioner (2016).

About D2 CCA: Initiated in 1992 to promote its member conferences and institutions, D2 CCA has made its mark in providing a united front for NCAA Division II athletics. Created after the break-up of the College Division Commissioners Association, the D2 CCA continues to create lines of communication and opportunities for its member conferences. The D2 CCA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.