On October 23-25, 2009, Ray Brown (football) and Ida Donner (women's tennis) went to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the NCAA Division I Regional Leadership Conference.  The Leadership Conference welcomed schools from the Mid-Atlantic Region, which included the Atlantic 10, Atlantic Coast, Big South, Colonial Athletic Association and the Mid-Eastern Athletic conferences.   

The NCAA invited student-athletes, coaches, faculty members and administrators from these conferences and opened opportunities for everyone to interact with each other and learn to build partnerships, develop leadership skills and discuss Division I issues that impact student-athletes.  As a part of the conference, participants developed both professionally and personally as they explored individual values, communication styles and leadership behaviors that can be used on their campuses and communities to promote positive change.