After a request from the Southeastern Conference to add football to the athletic roster, feasibility investigations are underway to determine if a Royals football team will hit campus.
President Pamela Davies announced the Board of Trustees’ approval of the study via email on Oct. 18.
The study will consist of a task force representing all aspects of the Unviersity, led by Brian Ralph, vice president for enrollment management.
Those comprising the taskforce are Kathryn Black, Kevin Collins, Alex Porter and Dave Singer, trustees; Dr. Mark Kelso, Dr. Nyaka NiiLampti and Dr. Reed Perkins, faculty; John Downey, Randall Goble, Carter Hammett-McGarry, Jen Johnson, Jeannie King, Patrick Lynch, Christy Majors, Matt Packey and Ron Shiffler, staff; Gilda McGee and T.J. Lewis, alumni; and Campbell Corder and Alexys Taylor, students.
If all works out, Queens will be stacked up against competition on the NCAA Division II level.
The addition of a football team could bolster the school in terms of number and diversity of students, a push to pull in a range of students that would take part in this newly formulated program, supporters say.
Detractors of the idea say the resources needed to start a football program should be directed elsewhere because Queens doesn’t need football.
Pros and cons will be weighed in the coming months as the investigation takes shape.
Other schools have recently introduced the idea of football programs as a way of expanding their athletic programs, such as Winthrop University. The University will hold talks with such institutions about how they handled the process.