About the Conference

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) enters its 51st year of intercollegiate competition with the 2021-22 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, VA, the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, and South Carolina State University.

The MEAC sponsors 16 Division I (FCS) sports: baseball, bowling, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, softball, volleyball, and men’s golf. The MEAC receives automatic NCAA qualification bids in eight sports – baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s tennis, softball, and volleyball. The MEAC’s football champion is pitted against the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the Cricket Celebration Bowl, which debuted in December 2015.
 
MEAC student-athletes excel on and off the field, and several have been recognized on ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District teams. The conference sponsors All-Academic teams in each of its sports and awards two post-graduate scholarships of $5,000 each annually to one male and one female student-athlete who have excelled academically and athletically and are in their final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility and competition under MEAC and NCAA regulations.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Council of Presidents and Chancellors, the Commissioner is the Chief Executive Officer of the Conference. The Commissioner will work with the Presidents, Chancellors, and Athletics Directors of each member institution to create initiatives and strategies designed to achieve the mission and vision of the MEAC.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Chief Executive Officer and primary spokesperson for the Conference.
  • Articulate a clear, strategic vision for the future of the Conference that mobilizes support behind organizational goals.
  • Enhance national and regional exposure for the Conference, including television, digital, social media, and public relations initiatives.
  • Provide leadership and sound decision-making with regard to all Conference matters, including fiscal affairs, personnel, strategic planning, public relations, and general operations.
  • Execute marketing strategies that will elevate brand presence in the local, regional, and national markets, both as a Conference and for member institutions.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, gender equity, and inclusivity that creates a welcoming environment for all Conference members and Conference office staff.
  • Enhance the overall student-athlete experience, to include conducting first-class events and championships as well as creating a Conference environment that supports student-athlete well-being.
  • Demonstrate business acumen and astuteness to effectively manage the evolving landscape of intercollegiate athletics.
  • Negotiate and administer multi-media agreements and seek and obtain corporate support for Conference activities in a manner consistent with the Conference’s values.
  • Effectively communicate the unique qualities of the MEAC and build relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Administer and enforce the policies, rules, and regulations of the Conference and the NCAA.
  • Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Council of Chief Executive Officers (CCEO), Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA), Athletics Directors Association (ADA), Senior Woman Administrators Association (SWAA), Executive Committee, and Delegate Assembly.
  • Plan and attend the regular and special meetings of the CCEO, FARA, ADA, SWAA, Delegate Assembly, coaches, and other athletics administrators.
  • Conduct continuous educational programming that fosters the development of sound educational principles, better sportsmanship, better understanding of the value of competitive intercollegiate athletics, respect for the principle of amateurism, and public understanding of the purposes and programs of the Conference.
  • Promote collegiality among the member institutions, their students, alumni, and friends.
  • Perform other duties as directed by the CCEO.

Qualifications/Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is highly desirable.
  • Substantial experience in collegiate athletics administration or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Strong public relations, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge and advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives.
  • Demonstrated leadership and strong work ethic.
  • Strategic planning and revenue generation experience is preferred.
  • Proven ability to select, recruit, motivate, inspire, mentor, and retain high-performing individuals, with an emphasis on racial and gender equity.
  • Strong skills in financial management.
  • Demonstrated experience or ability in securing corporate partnerships.

Application Process

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 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 or curriculum vitae, and list of references. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted to Parker Executive Search’s website by September 27th, 2021. 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

DeLaina Jordan, Associate

danielparker@parkersearch.com | ghiggison@parkersearch.com | djordan@parkersearch.com

Parker Executive Search

770-804-1996 ext. 116 | 770-804-1996 ext. 118 | 770-804-1996 ext. 119

 

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment.

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