Commissioner's Corner: Jacqie McWilliams

Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams is in her sixth year at the helm of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA). As the first African American female commissioner in the NCAA, McWilliams is a sought after speaker and is recognized on a local, regional, and national level. She has served on numerous boards, and currently sits on Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards, John B. McLendon Foundation Board, NCAA Board of Governor’s Cultural Diversity Committee, Hampton Nation Advisory Board, M&F Advisory Board and the Black Enterprise Charlotte Convention Steering Committee.  She is active in her church community and chairs the HBCU initiative committee for the Crown Jewel’s LINKS of Charlotte, of which she is a member.

The Commissioner’s Corner will chronicle the Commissioner’s speaking engagements, recognition and major achievements and good news throughout the year.  You can also follow her on social media via @ciaacommish on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Key Note Speaker
  • National Black MBA Association: You Are Not Your Major, Keynote (Queens University)

March 2018

February 2018

February always proves to be busy for the CIAA and Commissioner McWilliams as the conference celebrates Black History Month and executes its largest annual event, the Women's and Men's Basketball Tournament.


Celebrating National Women & Girls in Sports Day (February 7)


Happy Birthday Bowie State President, Dr. Breaux!


Marvel's Black Panther Premiere with the #CIAAForLife Family.


CIAA Office Staff executed a successful Homecoming experience with 22 games & 40 ancillary events at the 2018 Women's & Men's Basketball Tournament.

January 2018

Commissioner McWilliams & the CIAA kicked off the new year with a recognition by the Charlotte Regional Visitor's Authority (CRVA) as a Partner in Tourism Local Champion.


NCAA National Convention

  • Student Expression Panelist: Understanding the Risk and Reward
  • Division II Culture of Compliance Review Speaker: Time for a Change?
  • Award Recognitions
    • NCAA MOAA Award of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
    • Division II Award of Excellence (2nd Place): 125th Anniversary Celebration of Black College Football

December 2017

Closing out the year, Commissioner McWilliams participated in the following community events:

  • Samaritan's Feet International, Shoe Drive Volunteer
  • Rotary Club of Mecklenburg County-South, Guest Speaker

Additionally, McWilliams and her CIAA staff supported the Harvey B. Gannt Center by attending the Jazzy Holiday Gala.

November 2017

This month Commissioner McWilliams has been featured as a guest and/or speaker at the following events:

  • NCAA Leadership Conference Keynote for 400+ Division II student-athletes, “Dreaming your Destiny”
  • Samaritan’s Feet International Keynote
  • CIAA Student-Athlete Keynote Speaker, "Future with Focus"
  • Destination International Crisis Communication (Charlotte, NC), Panelist
  • Who’s Who in Black Charlotte, Game Changer


Honoree at the Café Mocha Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity celebration in Uptown Charlotte. (Nov. 18)

Inspiring high school students at Education Day - Football Championship (Nov. 10)


Radio interview with Francene Marie. Click to lisen!

October 2017

This month Commissioner McWilliams has been featured as a guest and/or speaker at the following events:

  • Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention-Moderator: Women of Color Breakfast Rally and Rise Up Facilitator; Managing the Current Political Climate on Your Campus
  • ESPN's The Undefeated Panelist, “Tell Them We are Rising”
  • Keynote for Women’s Business Center of Charlotte Conference, “The Heart of a Woman"