Stevenson University to Join Middle Atlantic Conference in July 2012
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson University has accepted an invitation to join the Middle Atlantic Conference for 21 of its 22 NCAA Division III sports effective July 1, 2012. Stevenson will be the 57th school to become a member of the MAC over the 100-year history of the league and will be a member of the Commonwealth Conference.
With the addition of Stevenson and fellow CAC rival Hood College, the MAC now has 18 members in four states - Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.
"I am very pleased that Stevenson University is joining the MAC," said Steve MacDonald, Lebanon Valley College President and Chair of the MAC presidents. "Stevenson is an institution with a strong academic tradition and athletic programs that complement these traditions in ways that embody the ideals of Division III athletics. This school will strengthen the MAC, and we’re delighted to have them as our partners."
Founded in 1912, the Middle Atlantic Conferences, commonly known as the MAC, is an organization of three conferences—Commonwealth, Freedom, and Middle Atlantic. It is the only "umbrella" conference structure in the United States.
"Stevenson is honored to be invited to join the Middle Atlantic Conferences," said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President of Stevenson University. "Our Mustang athletic program has worked diligently to build highly competitive teams and attract strong student-athletes. The MAC schools share this same competitive spirit and are driven by the same Division III values that shape our teams. This fall, our football team will start its first intercollegiate season as an associate member of MAC. I look forward to this season and the additional team competitions ahead starting in 2012."
Stevenson currently sponsors 22 NCAA Division III sports, 11 men’s and 11 women’s, and all but men's volleyball will compete in the MAC Commonwealth Conference. Football and women's golf, which will be participating in the MAC Women’s Golf Championship this Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8 at Laurel Mountain Golf Club, are already associate members of the MAC.
"Stevenson will not only strengthen our conference as one of the best DIII conferences in the country but improve our regional exposure in the south," added Ken Andrews, MAC Executive Director.
"SU’s presidential leadership, sport sponsorship, athletic facilities, competitive prowess, and academic reputation mesh well with our 16 current members. Most importantly, we share similar values about the role of intercollegiate athletics as a component of the educational experience for our students. I look forward to working with their athletic staff and administration as SU makes the full transition to our conferences over the next year."
"We've known that the MAC is one of the premier academic and athletic conferences in the country," said Stevenson Director of Athletics Brett Adams. "The reputation of the member schools and our opportunity to be associated with the reputation of their athletic departments are great fits for Stevenson. I personally have a long history with a number of the athletic directors and coaches in the MAC, and I have always had positive experiences. I can’t think of a better fit for the Mustangs."
The MAC sponsors 23 conference sports that include student-athletes from Albright College, Alvernia University, Arcadia University, Delaware Valley College, DeSales University, Eastern University, Elizabethtown College, Fairleigh Dickinson University-The College at Florham, King’s College, Lebanon Valley College, Lycoming College, Manhattanville College, Messiah College, Misericordia University, Widener University and Wilkes University.