Heeke is currently in his fifth year of a five-year term on the committee.
"It is an honor to be selected by the committee as its chair," said Heeke. "I am looking forward to continuing our efforts to advance the sport. College football is enormously popular and regularly faces challenges that our committee is capable of addressing to protect the integrity of the sport."
The NCAA Football Issues Committee is charged with oversight and review of a large variety of topics that impact the landscape of college football across the country, recommending policies and procedures that assure the game remains in the best interest of the student-athlete.
Heeke, who is also a member of the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, will begin his eighth year at Central Michigan in January. His tenure has been highlighted by athletic success, academic excellence, national media exposure, record fund-raising and a commitment to facilities. The East Lansing, Mich., native spent 18 years at the University of Oregon prior to his position as Director of Athletics with the Chippewas.
Other members of the NCAA Football Issues Committee are Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin), Jeff Barber (Liberty), Jeffrey Bourne (James Madison), Joseph Castiglione (Oklahoma), Torre Chisholm (Portland State), Charles Cobb (Appalachian State), Craig Coleman (Robert Morris), Chris Conley (Georgia), David Cutcliff (Duke), Richard Giannini (Southern Mississippi), Bret Gilliland (Mountain West Conference),(Cincinnati), Anthony Jones (Alabama A&M), Chris Massaro (Middle Tennessee State), Greg McGarity (Georgia), John McKay (Southern California), Frank McLaughlin (Fordham), Ron Strollo (Youngstown State), Ray Tellier (Columbia University - Barnard College), Bruce Van De Velde (Louisiana Tech), Tim Wabler (Dayton), Mark Wilson (Tennessee Tech).