Governance Structure

The California Collegiate Athletic Association is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of the member institutions with the assistance of the CCAA Executive Council, which consists of Athletics Directors, Faculty Athletics Representatives and Senior Woman Administrators or other athletic administrators.

The Presidents and Chancellors meet once each academic year and the Executive Council meets in the Fall, Winter and Spring.  At these meetings, each institution is granted one vote per legislative item at both levels. 

Each academic year, one of the 12 CCAA member institutions serves as the “Host Institution” on a rotational basis. 

The President or Chancellor of the Host Institution serves as the Chair of the Presidents/Chancellors Board of Directors.  The Director of Athletics of the Host Institution serves as the CCAA President. 

The CCAA Commissioner is appointed by the Presidents/Chancellors’ Group upon the recommendation of the Executive Council. The Commissioner serves the membership as an Ex-Officio administrator and is assisted by the CCAA President in handling CCAA business and finances.

Proposed changes to CCAA legislation are reviewed at the Presidents/Chancellors’ and Executive Council meetings.  CCAA Constitution and Bylaw amendments approved by the Executive Council must be ratified by the Presidents/Chancellors’ Group to become effective.  Amendments to Special Group Regulations, including sport-specific legislation, become effective immediately upon Executive Council approval.

Each institution has three Executive Council members consisting of the Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator and Faculty Athletics Representative.  If the Director of Athletics also serves as the institution’s Senior Woman Administrator, she may designate another member of the athletics staff to serve on the Council.

Recommended changes to CCAA legislation originate from a CCAA Special Group, which may be a sport coaches group or an athletic staff group such as the athletic trainers, sports information directors or SAAC.

Recommendations are then forwarded to one of five CCAA Executive Council Standing Committees for review.  Each institution is represented on all standing committees by one of its Executive Council members.  These committees consist of the Administrative Committee, Legislative Committee, Game Management Committee, Championship Committee and Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee.  The committees review recommendations that pertain to their respective jurisdiction.  The standing committees determine which recommendations warrant review by the full Executive Council for possible legislative action.