USI Board Votes to Switch to Division 1 Sports
University President Rochon to begin the application process
The University of Southern Indiana‘s Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to switch to Division One athletics. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:
The board instructed USI President Ron Rochon to begin the application process to move the university to the NCAA’s top division.
In his yes vote, board member Harold Calloway noted that he’s been involved with the university since 1973, and remembers watching the schools’ basketball program grow:
"From a high school gym, to Central, to the PAC, and then the new facility. So, I'm so excited and pleased to see us moving in this direction."
Board member Jeffrey Knight called the vote a milestone:
You know, in five years I believe the university and the community will look back at this milestone moment. And this moment will have propelled this university to a higher level of achievement and success both academically for its students and for the Evansville community."
The process includes a four-year transition starting in the 2022-2023 school year.
A recent survey of teachers and staff at USI conducted by a study committee showed 49 percent opposed to the Division 1 move, with 39 percent supporting it.