INDIANAPOLIS -- Rhonda Lundin Bennett and Leslie Claybrook are the two newest members of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee.
Bennett, senior associate athletics director at Nevada, and Claybrook, assistant commissioner at the Southeastern Conference, will begin their terms Sept. 1, 2014. The duo will replace current two-time committee chair Carolayne Henry, senior associate commissioner at the Mountain West Conference, and University of Alabama at Birmingham athletics director Brian Mackin, whose terms expire Aug. 31.
Bennett, who has more than 18 years of full-time college athletics experience, joined the Wolf Pack staff in September of 2005. Prior to moving into sports administration in 2010, she headed up Nevada's athletics communications efforts. She moved from assistant director to associate athletics director in five years and served as the primary media relations contact for the Wolf Pack men's basketball team from 2005-09, which was nationally ranked for two years, earned four postseason appearances and won four Western Athletic Conference regular-season championships.
In her current role, Bennett oversees seven of the Wolf Pack's 16 sports and serves as Nevada's senior woman administrator. She serves as a member of the senior administrative team and acts as a liaison to the Mountain West Conference. She is also a member of the MW Executive Committee and is chairing the MW Senior Woman Administrator Committee in 2013-14.
A native of Hillsboro, Ore., Bennett also spent time at Kansas State and Minnesota in her career. She earned her bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1996, where she got her start in college athletics as a student intern in the Wildcats' sports information office.
"It is a great privilege and honor for me to be named to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee," said Bennett. "I appreciate the support that I have received from the Nevada and the Mountain West Conference. I have had the opportunity to work with women's basketball for many years, and I am passionate about the game. I look forward to working with the members of this distinguished committee to continue to make women's basketball a great experience for coaches, student-athletes and fans."