North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Ath­letics Director Peter Roby has been appointed to the NCAA Divi­sion 1 men’s bas­ket­ball com­mittee. The 10-​​member com­mittee is respon­sible for selecting and seeding the NCAA tour­na­ment field each season.

It is a tremen­dous honor to be the newest member of this high-​​profile com­mittee,” said Roby, who will replace Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity Ath­letic Director Bernard Muir. “I hope my ser­vice on the com­mittee will bring pride and sat­is­fac­tion to the North­eastern community.”

Roby will attend his first com­mittee meeting in November in Dallas. He may be asked to famil­iarize him­self with teams in a par­tic­ular con­fer­ence in prepa­ra­tion for selecting the best 68 squads to com­pete in the NCAA tour­na­ment in March — meaning he will have no choice but to start watching a lot of col­lege bas­ket­ball on TV.

It’s a tough duty,” he quipped, “but someone has to do it.”

Roby has a long and dis­tin­guished his­tory of suc­cess in the sport of col­lege bas­ket­ball as both a player and a coach. Fol­lowing his playing days as a co-​​captain of the Dart­mouth Col­lege Big Green, Roby served as the assis­tant coach of a quartet of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties including Har­vard, for which he later became head coach for six seasons.

Mike Bobinski, com­mittee chair and ath­letic director of Xavier Uni­ver­sity, noted that Roby is well pre­pared for his new role. “Peter brings a wealth of bas­ket­ball expe­ri­ence to the com­mittee, having been a Divi­sion I student-​​athlete, a coach and now an admin­is­trator,” Bobinski said in a state­ment released by the NCAA on Wednesday after­noon. “We look for­ward to his con­tri­bu­tions to our group.”

Roby was named Northeastern’s ninth ath­letics director in June 2007. He over­sees Northeastern’s 18-​​sport, NCAA Divi­sion I ath­letics depart­ment, which com­petes in the highly com­pet­i­tive Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion, Hockey East Asso­ci­a­tion and Eastern Asso­ci­a­tion of Rowing Col­leges. In addi­tion, he over­sees North­eastern Campus Recre­ation, which offers more than 40 club sports, intra­mural sports and phys­ical edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties for North­eastern students.

Peter Roby knows what makes stu­dent ath­letes suc­cessful both in the game and in the class­room,” said North­eastern pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun. “He under­stands how their accom­plish­ments are as impor­tant to the uni­ver­sity as the university’s sup­port is for their suc­cesses both on and off the field.”