POULTNEY, Vt. – Director of Athletics Kip Shipley proudly announced to the College community on Wednesday that Green Mountain College was one of the eight new institutions that were approved for membership in the NAIA by the Council of Presidents on April 15th at the annual NAIA National Convention.
“Our acceptance into the NAIA is an important achievement for Green Mountain College athletics,” said Shipley. “The NAIA is a perfect fit for small colleges, it allows us to emphasize academics and schedule with like-minded schools. We are very excited to begin our new affiliation this summer and look forward to the continued growth of our programs within the NAIA.”
In addition to GMC, the following institutions were also granted membership: Columbia International University (S.C.), Cottey College (Mo.), Florida National University, Lincoln College (Ill.), Ottawa University (Ariz.) and The Pennsylvania State University Schuylkill and Thomas More College (Ky.).
"We're excited to welcome these eight new members into the NAIA," said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO. "These institutions share the NAIA's commitment to high standards and to the principle that participation in athletics serves as an integral part of the student experience.”
Green Mountain’s return to the NAIA will become effective as of July 1, 2018 and the College will commence its affiliation with both the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NIAC) and the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) at that time.
With the move to the NAIA, the NIAC and the AII Green Mountain will sponsor eight sports starting in the fall of 2018 which will include: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs dedicated to championships in balance with the overall college educational experience. Each year more than 65,000 NAIA student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports, earn over $600 million in scholarships, and compete for a chance to participate in 25 national championships. www.naia.org.