Chowan University To Join CIAA In Football

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 25, 2007

HAMPTON, Va. — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has announced that Chowan University, a four-year, private university, will be joining the conference for its 2008 football season. Chowan will initially enter the conference to participate in football only.

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Chowan University is located in Murfreesboro, N.C., positioned in the Northeast region of the state. The region, which is home to CIAA’s Elizabeth City State University and a short distance from the Hampton Roads, Newport News and Virginia Beach areas, is a hotbed for CIAA fans and alumni.

“Our vision for the CIAA is to grow all aspects of the conference including educational synergies, athletic competition and to create a dynamic mixture of culture, history and geographic relevance,” said Leon G. Kerry, Commissioner of the CIAA. “We feel that Chowan University joining our football program is a great step on that path.”

“The CIAA member institutions are excited to have Chowan University and the Hawks join the Conference’s football member teams”, said Dr. Dianne B. Suber, Chair, CIAA Board of Directors.

“Chowan University’s membership affirms the CIAA’s commitment to building a diverse and competitive Conference and represents a new chapter in the CIAA’s history of blazing new trails and raising the bar in NCAA Division II sports.”

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Chowan University is currently a Division I member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), and a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of which the CIAA and its school are members as well.

“Chowan University is thrilled at the opportunity to become a part of the CIAA football culture. We look forward to developing a relationship with the conference and its athletic programs,” said M. Christopher White, President of Chowan University.

ABOUT THE CIAA

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded in 1912 and is based in Hampton , Virginia . The CIAA is America’s oldest historically black college and university conference and is made up of 10 HBCUs situated along the Eastern Seaboard. For more information about the 2008 CIAA Basketball Tournament, visit http://www.ciaatournament.org/.