The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference seeks a commissioner to replace retiring Commissioner Chris Ragsdale after ten years of service.
The conference, comprising (Anderson University, Bluffton University, Defiance College, Earlham College, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester University, Mount St. Joseph University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Transylvania University), is a nationally recognized NCAA Division III conference. The next commissioner will engage with the presidents of HCAC institutions and other athletic leaders in the conference to envision and implement an innovative model of support for student-athletes that builds on rich history and excellence and leads to an even greater future for college athletics.
The Commissioner is the chief administrative officer of the conference and is responsible for all facets of conference operations including budgets, rules enforcement, scheduling, championship events and awards, and officiating. The position requires the capacity to work in a complex environment with many constituencies, flexibility and the ability to travel extensively, and strong humor and drive to help advance student and sport.
Our small office, based in Greenwood, Indiana in the vibrant Indianapolis metropolitan area, is staffed by the Commissioner and an Assistant Commissioner for Communications.
Further information on the position is available in the position profile at
Applicants should submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae and list of three or more professional references, who will not be contacted until a later stage in the search and not without candidate knowledge and permission. Deadline for initial expression of interest is January 10, 2018 – please state availability at NCAA convention in Indianapolis on January 17 & 18. Submit materials, nominations or inquiries to HCACCommissionerSearch@gmail.com.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree or doctorate preferred
Complete engagement with the NCAA Division III philosophy of athletics and the role of athletics in collegiate life
Extensive experience in collegiate athletics, preferably in a Division III context or other NCAA-supported conference setting
Experience as coach, athletic director or conference staffer
Demonstrated understanding of leadership role in a setting with many constituents and claimant groups with distinctive expectations
Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel extensively, often on evenings and weekends
Personal flexibility, sense of humor and kindness appropriate for work in educational settings!
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, comprising of Anderson University, Bluffton University, Defiance College, Earlham College, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester University, Mount St. Joseph University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Transylvania University, is a nationally recognized NCAA Division III conference.