About the Conference

Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the ASUN Conference (ASUN) was originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978. It was renamed as the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001, and then rebranded as the ASUN Conference in 2016. The ASUN is an NCAA, Division I conference boasting a membership of institutions that share visionary leadership, bold ambition, and creative innovation. As a nimble and adaptive conference, the ASUN is unafraid to blaze a national pathway for better service to its student-athletes, teams, and institutions. The ASUN has a proud history of firsts, national academic and athletic achievements, and a conference culture that walks the walk with its four ASUN Beams: Students First. Rise. Connect. Impact.

The ASUN has a large and visible geographic footprint that currently has a record number 14 members. Conference members include Austin Peay (Clarksville, TN), Bellarmine (Louisville, KY), Central Arkansas (Conway, AR), Eastern Kentucky (Richmond, KY), FGCU (Fort Myers, FL), Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL), Jacksonville State (Jacksonville, AL), Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, GA), Liberty (Lynchburg, VA.), Lipscomb (Nashville, TN), North Alabama (Florence, AL), North Florida (Jacksonville, FL), Queens (Charlotte, NC), and Stetson (DeLand, FL).

Member institutions are supported by the Conference to help establish intercollegiate athletics programs committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN leads by example by embracing a student-first culture for its student-athletes. The academic success of student-athletes was front and center in July 2022 when the ASUN announced that 70.01% of its student-athletes earned at least 3.0 GPA for the 2021-2022 academic year. This was the fifth time in the last six years that the ASUN was at or above 70%. In total, 2,521 ASUN Conference student-athletes registered at least a 3.0 GPA.

Not only are ASUN student-athletes thriving in the classroom, but they are thriving on the fields and courts as well. Highlights of recent success include:

  • 2021-22
    • Football and Men’s Lacrosse were added as the 20th and 21st sports sponsored by the ASUN
    • On Sept. 12, 2021, Jacksonville State defeated Florida State for the ASUN’s first win against an FBS opponent.
    • Liberty’s Calli Doan became the first Cross Country All-American in ASUN history.
    • Lipscomb won its third ASUN Men’s Soccer Championship and reached as high as 18th in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.
    • FGCU defeated Texas Tech in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament First Round for the ASUN’s third victory in the NCAA postseason.
    • The ASUN produced two picks in the 2022 WNBA Draft: Kierstan Bell, FGCU (11th; Las Vegas Aces), Jazz Bond, North Florida (31st; Dallas Wings).
    • Bell was named the 2021 & 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year.
    • Jacksonville’s Women’s Lacrosse made its third consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
    • Kennesaw State’s Siena Gore finished her career fourth in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse record book with 313 career goals.
    • Since 2008, the ASUN has had multiple NCAA Regional qualifiers in Men’s Golf; 2022 features FGCU, Liberty and North Florida.
    • Eastern Kentucky’s Ahmed Jaziri became the ASUN’s second national champion with his gold-medal performance in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
  • 2020-21
    • For the first time since 2014, and only second time in league history, the ASUN was represented by two teams in the NCAA Softball Championship as Liberty and Kennesaw State made Regionals appearances.
    • North Florida defeated Ole Miss for the ASUN’s first victory in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament.
    • The ASUN had two teams qualify for the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals for the first time since 2010 (North Florida & Kennesaw State).
    • Liberty became the most recent team to become a regional finalist in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
  • 2019-20
    • Liberty’s Volleyball team advanced to the NIVC Quarterfinals with wins against La Salle and High Point in the first and second rounds.
  • 2018-19
    • Lipscomb Men’s Soccer became the first ASUN Men’s Soccer team to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 since 1996.
    • The 2018 Lipscomb Women’s Soccer team advanced to the NCAA Second Round with a win against Mississippi State.
    • In Men’s Basketball, Liberty beat Mississippi State to post the ASUN’s fifth March Madness win since 2013 while Lipscomb reached the NIT Final at Madison Square Garden.
    • Stetson became the first No. 8 seed to ever beat the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Beach Volleyball Tournament after defeating USC.

These successes show that the ASUN is walking the walk with their unwavering support of their student-athletes on and off the fields/courts and that the student-athletes are truly #ASUNBuilt!

Position Overview

The Commissioner serves as the chief administrative officer of the Conference, reporting to the Presidents’ Council. The Commissioner will work with the Presidents, Chancellors, and Athletic Directors of each member institution to create and implement innovative initiatives and strategies designed to achieve the mission and vision of the ASUN.

Duties/Responsibilities

The Commissioner has primary responsibility for the supervision of ASUN staff and oversight of Conference office operations. Specific duties include:

  • Builds and strengthens the ASUN brand on a national basis by enhancing relationships with external entities and governing bodies.
  • Oversees conference membership and proactively advises the President’s Council on potential conference members, partnerships with peer conferences, and related issues.
  • Provides a clear vision for the ASUN’s future by providing innovative and forward-thinking leadership and direction for the Conference.
  • Oversees conference membership and proactively advises the President’s Council on potential conference members, partnerships with peer conferences, and related issues.” 
  • Serves as primary spokesperson for the ASUN and effectively promotes the Conference through all possible media.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity that creates a welcoming environment for all Conference members and Conference office staff.
  • Oversees Conference budgetary and financial matters, manages revenue generation, and has signature authority for all contracts.
  • Selects, trains, and appoints officials for all varsity basketball games between member institutions and, in conjunction with the appropriate appointing agency, assign officials in non-conference basketball games.
  • Stays current with national conference trends, implements, and executes necessary changes in relation to those trends and informs the Presidents, Chancellors, and Athletic Directors of needed changes.
  • Leads Conference strategic planning, making strategic decisions and leading others toward strategic decisions for the ASUN.
  • Implements and leads a transparent and forward-looking Conference evaluation process that aims high, projects clear outcomes, and evaluates achievements with clearly defined metrics and goals.
  • Employs and oversees Conference office personnel, including staff benefits programs and policies, and overall office administration.
  • Oversees the operation of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA). The CCSA oversees two NCAA Single Sport Conference championships - CCSA Swimming & Diving; CCSA Beach Volleyball.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the collegiate model of athletics (including amateurism) and student-athlete well-being.

Qualifications/Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Substantial experience in collegiate athletics administration or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Strong knowledge and advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusivity initiatives and a track record of hiring and mentoring staff members from underrepresented groups.
  • Strong public relations, oral communication, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to serve as the public face and constantly represent the ASUN brand.
  • Working knowledge of branding, social media, television, and multimedia platforms – experience in related contract negotiations.
  • Must possess national connections with NCAA and conference officials.
  • Demonstrated experience as an effective leader of an organization with organizational skills and the ability to lead, motivate and mentor a staff.
  • Strategic planning and revenue generation experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the rules and bylaws of the NCAA and the Conference.
  • Strong skills in financial management.
  • Strong moral character and unwavering integrity.  
  • Strong and consistent work ethic.

Application Process

The ASUN invites nominations and applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the Conference. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and list of references. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted to Parker Executive Search’s website by January 17, 2023. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

For additional information, please contact:

Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director
Grant Higgison, Principal

Parker Executive Search
danielparker@parkersearch.com | ghiggison@parkersearch.com
770-804-1996 ext. 116 | 770-804-1996 ext. 118

The ASUN is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Submit Application

* Indicates required field

Resume/CV*

Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx.

Letter

Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx.

References

Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx.

Supplemental Materials

Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx.

Please click the submit button only once.