Kelly Damphousse, chancellor of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, has been elected president of the Sun Belt Conference, effective July 1.
Damphousse was unanimously elected at the league's annual meeting in New Orleans to serve a two-year term that will include chairing the conference’s executive committee. He will be the first A-State chancellor to lead the executive committee since Les Wyatt did so in the early 2000s.
The conference also selected Damphousse as its representative on the NCAA’s Board of Directors, starting Sept. 1. That is a four-year appointment.
“I am grateful for the trust placed in me by my fellow Sun Belt Conference CEOs, and I look forward to serving them as president for the next two years. It is also a tremendous honor to represent the Sun Belt in a leadership role at the NCAA,” Damphousse said in a news release.
“The NCAA faces tremendous challenges, and its members will play a vital role in forging the future of Division I intercollegiate athletics. It is an honor to serve alongside esteemed colleagues from around the country on this important board.”
Tom Bowen, vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, called the appointments “a testament to [Damphousse’s] remarkable engagement and support with important athletics initiatives here at Arkansas State, within our league and across the country.”
Damphousse joins a 24-member board composed of 20 university presidents and chancellors, a student-athlete, an athletics director, a senior woman administrator, and a faculty athletics representative.
He previously served, for five years, as the NCAA faculty athletics representative while at the University of Oklahoma. For the last two years, Damphousse has been vice president of the conference.