2019 CIAA General Assembly and Board of Directors' Spring Meeting Recap

2019 CIAA General Assembly and Board of Directors' Spring Meeting Recap

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BALTIMORE, MD - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) held its annual spring meetings in Baltimore, Maryland on May 13-15 that included scheduling decisions, association and NCAA committee reports, updates on CIAA Championships and the End of Year Awards Reception.

“It’s important for the membership to come together and celebrate the great accomplishment of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators, said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “The CIAA is stronger together than apart and I’m proud of the work we have done and continue to do for this great conference.”

The General Assembly meetings included athletic directors, senior woman administrators, compliance directors and faculty athletic representatives from each of the member schools, as well as members of the CIAA staff. The two-day event featured association meetings, sponsors and partner presentations and an End of Year Awards Reception highlighting this year’s top scholar-athletes, administrators, and team award recipients.   

The location in Baltimore also gave the institutions an opportunity to connect with members of the Visit Baltimore team, tour the basketball venue and footprint of the Baltimore Inner Harbor that will become of the home of the CIAA Tournament from 2021-2023.

The CIAA Board of Directors meeting took place on May 15 and included the topics listed below:

Championships
The 2020 basketball tournament marks the 15th year, and last year of the contract, in Charlotte. It also commemorates the 75th year that the CIAA has held the basketball tournament and plans are underway to celebrate the milestone, throughout the 2019-2020 basketball season.

The Board reviewed and accepted the recommendation of the Budget and Finance committee for 2019-2020.  As a non-profit organization, the CIAA utilizes NCAA grant funding, revenue generated from championship events, and sponsorship dollars to support the mission and vision of the conference to provide the best student-athlete experience. The committee was tasked with ensuring that the student-athlete experience continues to drive decisions regarding the budget.

Membership
Chowan University will transition to associate membership on July 1 for the sports of football and bowling. The Board continues to review and consider conference expansion opportunities while being strategic regarding proximity, positive student-athlete experience and the overall exposure and advancement of the CIAA.

Composite Schedules
With the departure of Chowan University, the conference returns to 12 member institutions but the change leaves the divisions unbalanced with five schools in the North and seven in the South. After much discussion and consideration of the impact on scheduling, finances and student-athlete experience, the group determined to keep the current divisions for the 2019-2020 academic year and determine a long-term solution during the Fall Board meeting.  
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Commissioner McWilliams presents
Chancellor Anderson with a gift
of appreciation.

Board Accomplishments
Fayetteville State University Chancellor Dr. James A. Anderson officially ended his term as Board chair and was acknowledged for his great service. During his tenure, the CIAA successfully completed a national bid process for the basketball tournament, selecting the city of Baltimore for 2021-2023; successfully onboarded Claflin University as a full member beginning July 1, 2018; completed year one of a conference-wide apparel partnership with BSN and Under Armour; and approved the launch and management of the conference-wide streaming with the CIAA Sports Network.

The Board selected Virginia State University president Dr. Makola Abdullah as the new Board Chair with Bowie State University President Dr. Aminta H. Breaux serving as Vice Chair. Each will serve a two-year term.

Commissioner McWilliams presented the 2019-2021 new management council slate, which was voted and approved by the Board: 

President - Clyde Doughty, Bowie State University
First Vice President – Harry Stinson, Lincoln University, AD
Northern Vice President – Felicia Johnson, Virginia Union University, AD
Southern Vice President – Natasha Wilson, Johnson C. Smith University, SWA
 
 
 About the CIAA
Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first African American athletic conference and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. Chowan University is an associate member in the sports of football and women’s bowling. For more information on the CIAA, visit theciaa.com. For more information on the CIAA Conference, visit www.theciaa.com , like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.