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NMSU business professor appointed to NCAA Division 1 committee

Kevin Melendrez, associate professor and department head for the Accounting and Information Systems Department in the College of Business at New Mexico State University, has been selected to serve on an NCAA Division 1 committee.


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Kevin Melendrez, associate professor and department head for NMSU’s Accounting and Information Systems Department, has been appointed to the NCAA’s Division I Progress-Toward-Degree Waivers Committee. His tenure starts Sept. 1 and continues until Aug. 31, 2023. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Melendrez will serve a four-year term on the Division I Progress-Toward-Degree Waivers Committee, a 14-member panel that reviews and decides on progress-toward-degree waivers for student-athletes. Melendrez’s appointment comes after he was selected last year as NMSU’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA. He will continue to serve in that capacity while also serving on the waivers committee from Sept. 1, 2019, until Aug. 31, 2023.

“The committee reviews and makes decisions on waivers submitted to the NCAA regarding extenuating circumstances that have prohibited student-athletes from making satisfactory progress toward their degree and would otherwise be ineligible to compete in their sport,” Melendrez said. “As a member of the committee, on a weekly basis, I will review and discuss waivers with other committee members and make a determination to accept or decline the proposed waiver.”

Melendrez said his appointment to the waivers committee holds importance because of his interest in the success of student-athletes and their welfare.

“This committee allows me to be a part of student-athlete welfare at the national level,” he said. “From an institution perspective, it is important and helpful to have NMSU represented at the national level with the NCAA.”

Since August 2018, Melendrez has been serving as NMSU’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA.

Under NCAA rules, each member university must have a faculty athletics representative to provide oversight of the academic integrity of athletics programs and serve as an advocate for the well-being of student-athletes, among other responsibilities.

In this capacity, Melendrez reports to NMSU President John Floros in an advisory capacity on matters related to athletics and maintains a working relationship with NMSU Athletics Director Mario Moccia to develop a sound understanding of athletics programs.

Melendrez has served as the department head for the Accounting and Information Systems Department in the College of Business at NMSU since August 2018. He previously served in the same capacity from 2012 to 2016.