By Stephen Utz
NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Indiana University Southeast Chancellor Ray Wallace has assumed his new role as chair of the KIAC Council of Presidents effective Jan. 1.
“I am honored to have been elected chair of this important group in what is one of the most storied athletic conferences in the United States,” said Wallace. “I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of so many renowned past chairs, most recently of course is the fine work Fr. Larry Hostetter did for the KIAC. He has left big shoes to fill.”
Wallace was elected as the KIAC Council of Presidents Chair during the KIAC COP meeting on Oct. 13, 2015.
As chair of the KIAC Council of Presidents, Wallace will serve as the representation for the conference’s 13 member schools on the NAIA Council of Presidents. He will also serve as the leader of the KIAC Executive Committee and be the liaison between the KIAC Council of Presidents and the KIAC Board of Athletic Directors.
Wallace, who has been IU Southeast Chancellor since July 1, 2014, begins a 3-year term from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2018. He replaces Brescia (Ky.) University President Fr. Larry Hostetter, who served the last two terms as KIAC Council of Presidents Chair.
“On behalf of the KIAC Athletic Directors and the student-athletes at our 13 member institutions, I want to welcome Dr. Ray Wallace as our new Chair of the KIAC Council of Presidents,” said KIAC Commissioner Scott McClure. “Dr. Wallace is a former collegiate student-athlete and an enthusiastic administrator and leader at IU Southeast.
Wallace comes to his post as KIAC COP Chair during an exciting time for the conference. The KIAC has expanded to 13 member institutions and five states during the last year and has also welcomed its first-ever, full-time KIAC Commissioner with McClure’s hiring on July 1, 2015.