• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 31 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 161 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles

Dr. Kenneth J. WellerKenneth Weller

Central College president
NCAA vice president

Central's president from 1969-90, a period of unprecedented growth, Weller was, perhapsmore than any other individual, aguiding force in the development of Division III within the NCAA. He authored the Division III philosophy, a visionary document in which intercollegiate athletics programs are seen as existing for the benefit of the participants rather than spectators. Weller held numerous leadership positions within the NCAA, including a term as a vice president in 1984. He was instrumental in the incorporation of women into the NCAA and the Iowa Conference and his pioneering leadership was evident on Central's campus, where the school's women's athletics program quickly became a national model. Prior to coming to Central Weller was a coach and served on the economics department faculty at Hope College (Mich.). He was an assistant football coach when future Central hall of famer Ron Schipper was a quarterback at Hope. Weller is retired and lives near Pella.

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