FARGO-North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani has been named to the NCAA Division I board of directors. His five-year term begins in August.

The 24-member board is the governing body for Division I. It is responsible for strategy, policy and oversight of legislation, including its relationship to higher education. Most members are college or university presidents and chancellors.

Bresciani has served on a subcommittee for an NCAA Division I working group to review the components of the multi-sport sponsorship commitment by Division I schools.

Bresciani also is a member of the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum. He is the first president of a North Dakota college or university to join major leadership groups of the NCAA, according to the university. His involvement with the NCAA began in earlier administrative positions at Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bresciani also is past chairman of the Summit League's Presidents' Council and chairman of the Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents' Council.