Dubois Named Chair and President of Mountain West Conference

June 9, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming President Philip L. Dubois has been elected to serve as the chair and president of the Mountain West Conference from July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2000.

"This will be an exciting and competitive conference, dedicated not only to excellence in athletics but also to excellence in academics," says Dubois. "I'm honored to have been selected by my colleagues to serve as chair and president of the conference in the first year of our official existence as part of the NCAA. I look forward to working with them and Commissioner Craig Thompson toward our goal of making the Mountain West Conference one of the nation's premier intercollegiate conferences."

Dubois succeeds Dr. Al Yates of Colorado State University who guided the MWC during its formative year.

Other actions taken at this week's initial meeting of the MWC Board of Directors include voting not to consider expansion of the conference for two years; establishing a minimum grade point average of 2.0 as a requirement of continuing eligibility for student-athletes (above the current NCAA standard); launching a marketing effort for the conference with the Sept. 16 football game between Colorado State University and Brigham Young University; and reaffirming the following set of conference goals:

-- Fostering intercollegiate athletic competition of the highest quality that will support, enhance and promote the academic missions of the member institutions and the welfare and character development of student-athletes;

-- Being regarded by our peers and the public as one of the premier athletic conferences in the nation based on program integrity, athletic performance, gender equity and good sportsmanship;

-- Contending annually for national championships in all conference-sanctioned sports;

-- Creating a stable and consistent conference revenue base through sponsorships, bowl agreements, television contracts, special events and other promotional activities;

-- Strengthening the support and involvement of fans and other friends of MWC institutions; and

-- Becoming a strong voice in the national governance of intercollegiate athletics.

In addition to the University of Wyoming, the Mountain West Conference is composed of the Air Force Academy; BYU; CSU; University of New Mexico; San Diego State University; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and University of Utah. The eight announced their breakaway from the 16-team Western Athletic Conference in June 1998 in order to form a new conference.

In May 1999, the MWC announced a three-year agreement with the AXA/Equitable Liberty Bowl, which matches the champion of the MWC against the champion of Conference USA in a Christmas Eve football game. Subject to final approval by Las Vegas officials, the MWC directors voted to accept an offer from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for Las Vegas to host the men's and women's basketball championships for three years, beginning in 2000; and for the Las Vegas Bowl to select a second MWC football team for three years beginning in 1999.

ESPN will telecast MWC football and basketball games under terms of a seven-year agreement signed in February for regional and national television rights. A separate television broadcast package for local broadcast rights is under continuing negotiation by MWC institutions, including the University of Wyoming, with SportsWest network.

Philip L. Dubois became the 22nd president of the University of Wyoming on April 1, 1997. He came to UW from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he served as professor of political science and vice chancellor for academic affairs since 1991. The title of provost was added in 1994. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science (1972) from the University of California, Davis; and master's (1974) and doctoral (1978) degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Between 1978-91 Dubois taught political science at UC-Davis, advancing from assistant professor to professor.

By UW News