Bryn Athyn, Penn College Granted Full Division III Membership; Three NEAC Associate Members Renewed

Bryn Athyn, Penn College Granted Full Division III Membership; Three NEAC Associate Members Renewed

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) is pleased to announce Bryn Athyn College and Penn College will begin the fall of 2017 as full members of NCAA Division III. 

Both institutions received notification last week from the NCAA Division III Management Council that they had successfully completed the provisional membership process, with each institution completing the provisional process in only three years. Bryn Athyn and Penn College will now have the opportunity to compete for a Division III National Championship and have voting rights on NCAA legislation.

Bryn Athyn President Brian Blair said, “Bryn Athyn College is very pleased to gain full membership into NCAA Division III. This membership provides our student-athletes with opportunities to compete at a high level while also participating in programs that emphasize the safety, soundness, and overall character-building of the student-athlete.”

“As a full NCAA Division III member, we can provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to play the sport they love while working towards obtaining a degree,” added Matt Kennedy, Bryn Athyn Athletic Director and Vice President of Business Development.

Bryn Athyn sponsors 13 athletic programs, with 12 of them competing in the NEAC. Twelve of Penn College’s 15 intercollegiate athletic programs compete in the NEAC.

“This is wonderful news for Wildcat Athletics and for Penn College,” said Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College President. “We know that Penn College student-athletes find the competition, discipline and teamwork required of a collegiate athlete integral to their record of success as leaders in their chosen professions.”

Penn College John Vandevere was delighted by the NCAA’s decision, which is a culmination of the work by many throughout the Penn College campus community.

“This is an achievement that was accomplished because of the vision, support and hard work from so many throughout our campus,” Vandevere added. “Our department is very grateful for the efforts of our community to help us reach full NCAA Division III membership.”

NEAC Commissioner Candice Murray welcomed the news as the elevation of Bryn Athyn and Penn College to full Division III membership helps continue to strengthen the conference.

“We are excited that Bryn Athyn College and Penn College have been accepted as full members of the NCAA and we congratulate each institution on their hard work,” Murray said. “This is an outstanding achievement and great news for the NEAC as well.” 

Within the NEAC, three associate members were also renewed by the President’s Council. Medaille College and Hilbert College will continue to serve as associate members in men’s and women’s lacrosse, while Rutgers University-Camden will maintain its associate membership for the sport of men’s golf. All three institutions have been granted associate membership through the 2018-19 academic year.

**Article contributions provided by Bryn Athyn College and Penn College.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.  For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.