ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League Council of Presidents voted at its summer meeting to extend the contract of Commissioner Tom Douple to 2013. Douple is entering his fifth year as league commissioner and serves on the NCAA Leadership Council and as a member on the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification.
"The Council of Presidents voted unanimously to extend Tom's contract for another three years given the momentum our league is enjoying in addition to increased exposure and even greater success by our member institutions and student-athletes," said Southern Utah University President and Council chair Dr. Michael Benson. "The Summit League plan, developed by Tom in concert with our institutions, is moving forward and our league continues to forge ahead, thanks in large part to the Commissioner's leadership. We are delighted with his tenure and hope this extension will add further stability and increased notoriety for our league."
Selected as the league's fifth commissioner in September 2005, Douple has been instrumental in the growth of The Summit League. Under his direction, the league has added four new members, created a league-wide webstreaming program and implemented The Summit Plan, which included the league's new name and logo along with a branding plan and institutional commitments on staffing and scholarships.
"I am grateful to the President's Council for their confidence and support and look forward to continuing to be part of the league's future growth," said Douple.
The Summit League continued its renaissance during the 2008-09 academic year by reaching several milestones in its 27th year of existence. Included in the highlights were record attendance and sponsorships at The Summit League Basketball Championships, an unprecedented three nationally-ranked teams, and the NCAA's largest season attendance increase for men's basketball.
Douple has 25 years of Division I athletic administration experience, having served as Director of Athletics at Southern Utah University and Southeastern Louisiana University. He also had stints as an assistant athletics director at LSU, his alma mater, and Cornell University.