Academy alumna and Queens College (New York) Assistant Vice President of Athletics, China Jude, was recently named Chair of the NCAA’s Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee (MOIC).

This committee, which represents all three divisions, is charged with reviewing issues related to the interests of underrepresented populations in coaching, athletics administration, officiating and the NCAA governance structure.

“I am excited to be named Chair of the NCAA Minority Opportunity and Interest Committee,” Jude said. “This is a very exciting time in the NCAA. So much is evolving in all three divisions so to explore and incorporate strategies to enhance opportunities for underrepresented populations cannot come at a better time.”

Jude holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy and was named the Academy’s 2012 Alumna of the Year. Jude is currently pursuing her doctoral degree.

“The support of the Academy is like my second family,” Jude said. “They have been huge champions for me. I recommend the Sports Academy to anyone seeking to make a career in this field.  It is definitely worth it.”

Jude, who is in her fourth year at Queens College, is no stranger to the Chair’s position. In 2009-11, she served as Chair of the Division II Nominating Committee, where she led the Committee in strengthening strategies to enhance committee nominations for ethnic minorities, launched a NCAA video on the nomination process and created an exit survey to get post committee participation feedback. In addition to the MOIC Chair’s position, she will continue to serve on the selection committees of the NCAA’s Woman of the Year and Leadership Institute.

Jude also serves on the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA) Board of Directors and the National Association of Collegiate Women Administrator’s Education and Professional Development Committee.

“My master’s degree helped in career advancement,” Jude said.  “I found myself being more marketable.”

The MOIC committee was established in 1991 to enhance the NCAA commitment to foster racial equality and diversity in collegiate athletics. The Committee is made up of 15-members, six from Division I schools, three from Division II schools and three from Division III schools. One student-athlete from each division also serves on the committee.