BAY CITY, Mich.
— Tom Brown, Commissioner of the Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), has announced that the
conference has officially received letters of application for
membership from Lake Erie College and Ohio Dominican University. If
accepted, the two Ohio-based schools could begin their membership
in the GLIAC as early as the 2010-11 academic year.
The applicants now have 30 days to submit the required information to the conference office. Once that information is received, the conference will send a visitation team to each of the campuses this spring. Upon completion of its on-campus reviews, the visitation team will make reports on each institution to the GLIAC Executive Council.
Lake Erie and Ohio Dominican will then be invited to the GLIAC’s Executive Council meeting in June of 2009 in Gaylord, Michigan, to make formal presentations to the governing body of the conference and respond to the visitation team’s reports. The Executive Council will then forward its recommendations to the GLIAC Presidents’ Council at its annual meeting, later in June.
Lake Erie is transitioning into Division II of the NCAA during the 2008-09 academic year and is considered a provisional member. LEC first began the transition process during the 2006-07 academic year when it started the two-year exploratory phase. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie currently has over 1,200 students and will offer 20 varsity sports in 2009-10. Located in Painesville, Ohio, LEC is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its student’s to, “get in and stand out” in academics, athletics and student activities. With 29 undergraduate majors offered and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals, Lake Erie’s innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to learn, grow and succeed.
Ohio Dominican, located in Columbus, Ohio, became an NCAA Division II exploratory member on Sept. 1, 2008, and currently offers 14 intercollegiate sports. Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1911, Ohio Dominican is a four-year liberal arts institution. With over 3,100 students and offering undergraduate degrees in 50 majors, ODU uses a student-oriented approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning and a number of academic programs of distinction.
“We are excited about the prospect of adding the Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio areas as additional recruiting bases to the GLIAC,” stated GLIAC Commissioner, Tom Brown. “Our ultimate goal is to expand to 16 members and this is the first step in that process.”
Founded in 1972, the GLIAC has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 37 years. The league currently boasts 12 full members, nine of which are located in Michigan, and three in Ohio. The league’s Ohio institutions include Ashland University, the University of Findlay, and Tiffin University, which is in its first year of membership. The GLIAC’s members in Michigan include: Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Wayne State University.
The GLIAC conducts championships in 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. The GLIAC Executive Council is comprised of three representatives from each institution - its director of athletics, senior woman administrator, and faculty athletics representative.