DIII Membership Committee recommends four new active members
By Gary Brown
The Division III Membership Committee is recommending active status for four schools that successfully completed all four years of the Division III provisional/reclassifying membership process.
If approved by the Division III Management Council in July, the following will begin active status in Division III on Sept. 1:
Franciscan University Steubenville (Steubenville, Ohio)
Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pa.)
St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.)
With other anticipated membership changes in the next few months, there will be about 435 member institutions in 2011-12.
Meeting June 22-23 in Indianapolis, the Membership Committee also agreed to move the following schools to the final year of provisional membership:
Spalding University (Louisville, Ky.)
State University of New York at Cobleskill (Cobleskill, N.Y.)
If those institutions successfully complete year four of the provisional/reclassifying process, they could be accepted as active Division III members for the 2012-13 academic year. The Membership Committee also approved Penn State Abington (Abington, Pa.)
moving from Year 2 to Year 3 of provisional membership and endorsed a waiver request from the school to combine Years 3 and 4 of the provisional process, meaning the school could achieve active status by 2012-13. That recommendation must be approved by the Management Council.
Committee members also approved the following schools to move from Year 2 to Year 3 of provisional membership (meaning they are on track to achieve active membership in 2013-14):
Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.)
Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, Ga.)
In other action regarding the provisional/reclassifying track, the committee voted to retain Centenary College (Shreveport, La.) in Year 1 of reclassifying membership (on track to achieve active membership in 2015-16).
The committee also approved the following seven schools to conduct an exploratory year in 2011-12 before possibly seeking provisional/reclassifying membership the following year:
Georgetown College (Georgetown, Ky.)
State University of New York at Canton (Canton, N.Y.)
Houghton College (Houghton, N.Y.)
Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.)
Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, N.Y.)
Southern Virginia University (Buena Vista, Va.)
Valley Forge Christian College (Phoenixville, Pa.)
The Division III Management Council will consider these actions at its July 25-26 meeting in Indianapolis.