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Pacific West Conference Presidents Meet at Notre Dame de Namur

Belmont, CA, May 26, 2010 — In the wake of one of the most successful years in conference history, presidents from all nine Pacific West Conference schools held their annual meeting at Notre Dame de Namur University to chart the future of the conference. Discussions centered on scheduling, budgets and possible expansion of the conference to include several more west coast schools.

"This has truly been a historic year for the Pac West conference and so it is very appropriate that this meeting is being held at NDNU, an institution with a rich history and a campus graced by historic Ralston Hall," said Pacific West Conference Commissioner Bob Hogue. "This was the year the PacWest became a nine school conference, competing in 11 official sports, and continued to improve our reputation in NCAA Division II." He also noted that 15 different teams made it to NCAA regionals and the conference GPA remained at 3.0 for the third consecutive year.

"We are delighted to host this meeting because the PacWest provides our students an opportunity to have meaningful experience in athletics, while emphasizing the values that we find especially important, such as scholar athletes, diversity, and community engagement," said NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig.

In addition to the PacWest presidents, officials from a number of other schools attended the meeting including Holy Names University, California Baptist University and Azusa Pacific University.

"It was good to be able to answer questions from these west region schools so they can go back and decide about their own timelines and futures." said Pacific West Conference Commissioner Bob Hogue.

The PacWest is made up of the Academy of Art University, BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade University, Dixie State College, Dominican University of California, Grand Canyon University, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii Pacific University and NDNU.

Also in attendance were President Bernard Ploeger of Chaminade, President Stephen Nadauld of Dixie State, President Joseph Fink of Dominican University of California, President Chatt Wright of Hawaii Pacific, Vice President Hernan Bucheli of NDNU, Vice President Max Checketts of BYU-Hawaii, Chancellor Rose Tseng and Vice President Luoluo Hong of University of Hawaii-Hilo, Vice President Joe Vollaro of Academy of Art University, Vice President Stan Meyer of Grand Canyon, Keith Baker of Grand Canyon University, President Ronald Ellis and Vice President Kent Dacus of Cal Baptist, Vice President Terry Franson and Bill O'Dell of Azusa-Pacific, President Rosemarie Nassif of Holy Names University and Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Miller of Holy Names University.