North­eastern Ath­letic Director Peter Roby began his annual pre­sen­ta­tion to mem­bers of the Fac­ulty Senate by touting the aca­d­emic suc­cess of the university’s student-​​athletes.

Some­times when people lead with aca­d­emic suc­cess, the expec­ta­tion is that they cannot talk about suc­cess on the court or on the field or on the ice,” he said on Wednesday after­noon in the Raytheon Amphithe­ater. “And that’s cer­tainly not the case.”

Roby noted that Northeastern’s student-​​athletes have an average GPA of 3.12 over the last aca­d­emic year. “What you’ve seen from us this past year is not an aber­ra­tion,” he added, noting that the average GPA of all student-​​athletes has been above 3.0 since 2007. “It’s actu­ally the norm.”

Roby also praised the Huskies’ ath­letic per­for­mance, citing this season’s com­bined 58–24-7 record and last season’s women’s ice hockey Beanpot win.

It’s a pro­gram that we ought to be very proud of and Peter does a very good job leading our pro­gram,” said Stephen W. Director, the provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs who chairs the Fac­ulty Senate.

As part of his pre­sen­ta­tion, Roby high­lighted the ath­letic department’s long-​​range goals, which include enhancing the national pro­file of six teams — the men’s and women’s ice hockey, bas­ket­ball and rowing squads — through the allo­ca­tion of addi­tional resources. The plan is part of an effort to raise Northeastern’s pro­file and engage stu­dents, alumni and com­mu­nity mem­bers in top-​​notch athletics.

The effort will not impact the university’s com­mit­ment to other sports pro­grams, Roby said. “We didn’t want any suc­cess that those six tar­geted sports would have to come at the expense of our other pro­grams,” he explained. “That just wouldn’t be fair.”

In response to ques­tions posed by mem­bers of the Senate, Roby stressed that his depart­ment is com­mitted to fos­tering a cul­ture of dia­logue and open­ness aimed at ensuring that it would not encounter a scandal like those at Penn State or Boston Uni­ver­sity. He cited student-​​athlete par­tic­i­pa­tion in pro­grams to pro­mote diver­sity and counter vio­lence such as the White Ribbon Cam­paign, a col­lab­o­ra­tion among the four Beanpot schools — North­eastern, Har­vard, Boston Col­lege and BU.

I can’t assure you there won’t be instance where our stu­dents may make bad choices, but I can assure you we will deal with it swiftly and openly when and if it does happen,” Roby said. “We’ve taken a proac­tive approach for almost a decade now. I can’t say there’s a guar­antee [that nothing will happen], but I can say we’ve cre­ated a cul­ture where we’ll hold people account­able and people know what we expect of them.”

Roby thanked fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors for designing ini­tia­tives to help student-​​athletes suc­ceed in the class­room, even if they must miss classes to play in games. He also praised Northeastern’s col­lab­o­ra­tive approach to addressing sports injuries, citing Ath­letics’ com­bined approach to sports med­i­cine, injury recovery and strength and con­di­tioning, which most schools run as three sep­a­rate programs.

I can’t stress enough how impor­tant I think it is for me to come every year to present,” Roby said. “While ath­letic depart­ments are so often con­sid­ered sep­a­rate from the insti­tu­tion, I think it is impor­tant that we con­tinue to have this con­ver­sa­tion ourselves.”