UMAC to welcome North Central University as a full member
The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Council of Presidents has accepted North Central University's application for full membership in the conference. North Central will represent the eighth full member in the UMAC and the conference’s first full member addition since Bethany Lutheran College joined the league in 2004.
The Rams, who have been competing in the UMAC as associate members in 16 sports throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, will become full members of the conference with the commencement of the 2013-2014 academic year and will compete in 16 of the UMAC's 17 sports, football being the one exclusion. Prior to the 2012-2013 academic year, North Central competed for four years (2008-2012) as associate members in the UMAC in seven sports.
"The UMAC is pleased to have North Central join our league as a full member. Given North Central's history and familiarity with the UMAC, I expect their transition to full membership status will be a smooth integration process and I am delighted that the UMAC can provide opportunities for North Central student-athletes to have a positive experience in intercollegiate athletics,” said UMAC Commissioner Corey Borchardt. He added, “I look forward to working with North Central University administrators, including President Dr. Gordon Anderson and Director of Athletics Jon High, in further progressing our conference and their institutional athletics programming."
North Central first applied for full membership to the conference in the fall of 2011. Upon receipt of application and an extensive institutional review, the league's council of presidents extended an invitation for associate membership in late March of 2012 with a desire to further review North Central’s application throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.
A former UMAC full member institution throughout the 1980s and mid-1990s, North Central has rebuilt its athletics department and its sport offerings throughout the past decade, adding more full-time on-campus coaching positions, increasing the number of participating student-athletes, and improving its practice and game day facilities. General student enrollment has also grown on the Rams’ 12.5 acre campus in downtown Minneapolis, reaching 1,200 in the fall of 2012. North Central, who formerly competed as an independent NCAA Division III member, has already made its mark in the UMAC in the sport of men’s golf, winning the conference tournament in each of the last four years. The Rams have earned the league’s only three automatic qualifiers into the Division III Championship, participating in both the 2011 and 2012 NCAA postseason and will also represent the conference at the 2013 NCAA Championships in May.
Founded in 1930, North Central is a faith based liberal arts and ministry centered residential university located in downtown Minneapolis that features over 30 academic majors along with over 20 academic minors. The academic areas include the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Missions and the College of Ministry.
The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference is comprised of seven full and six associate members located throughout the Midwest. North Central will become the eighth full member with the commencement of the 2013-2014 academic year. Originally formed in 1972 as the Twin Rivers Conference, the league was renamed in 1983. The UMAC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The conference provides its member institutions the opportunity to be recognized in the areas of academic excellence and athletic competitiveness. The UMAC awards conference championships in 17 sports.