Presidents seek cost-savings for Centennial Conference athletics

May 26, 2009

Cost-saving recommendations will be an agenda item at the annual meeting of the presidents of Centennial Conference colleges in their unified effort to identify economies in supporting the Conference’s premier scholar-athlete program. These and other recommendations will be fully discussed by presidential, academic and athletic representatives at the May 27 annual meeting of the Centennial Conference at McDaniel College. McDaniel President Joan Develin Coley serves as the current chair of the Centennial Conference Presidents’ Council.

The cost-saving measures “will not compromise the experiences of our student-athletes,” Coley said.

“The experiences of our student-athletes have produced some of the most successful graduates, and indeed, some of this nation’s most influential leaders,” she added.

The Centennial Conference is an NCAA Division III all-sports conference representing 11 national liberal-arts colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  The Conference has had two students receive Rhodes Scholarships, including Swarthmore's Cait Mullarkey last fall, while 154 have earned Academic All-America honors and 55 have been recipients of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.  In addition, more than 700 were named to the Conference's Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes students who have a 3.40 cumulative grade point average and have made a significant contribution to their athletic teams.