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William Jewell College accepted to begin candidacy membership phase of NCAA Division II
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
July 10, 2009

William Jewell College has completed a successful application and review process and has been invited to begin candidacy year one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division II membership process. William Jewell is currently affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

“We believe this new affiliation with the NCAA will build on William Jewell’s time-honored tradition of developing student-athletes who are both engaged in the classroom and competitive on the playing field,” said Dr. David Sallee, President of William Jewell.

William Jewell submitted its application to begin the membership process June 1 and was notified of its acceptance to begin candidacy year one by the NCAA Division II July 10.

The NCAA Division II “Philosophy Statement” communicates the expectations for participating members: “Higher education has lasting importance on an individual’s future success. The emphasis for the student-athlete experience in Division II is a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting. The approach provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition, and development of societal attitudes in service to community. The balance and integration of these different areas of learning provide Division II student-athletes with a variety of skills and knowledge for life ahead.”

Dr. Darlene Bailey, Director of Athletics and Chair of the Department of Physical Education at William Jewell, noted that the NCAA Division II philosophy is a good match with the institutional mission of William Jewell College. “The NCAA’s model of athletic competition as a means of developing individuals who are equipped to deal with challenges beyond the playing field and the classroom is ideally suited to the personal development needs of our student-athletes,” Dr. Bailey said. “Now that we have reached this important step in the membership process, we look forward to beginning the next phase of applying for conference affiliation.” She said that the College’s application for consideration into candidacy year one of the NCAA membership process was endorsed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Dr. Bailey said that William Jewell would maintain its commitments to the NAIA and the Heart of America Athletic Conference during the candidacy period of NCAA membership. “We value our long history and the mutually beneficial association we have enjoyed with the NAIA,” Dr. Bailey said.

The timeline for the re-affiliation process will be as follows:

  • Candidacy Year 1 (2009-2010) - Continue to compete in the NAIA’s Heart of America Athletic Conference and be eligible for NAIA post-season play while completing educational activities as part of the NCAA Division II membership process.
  • Candidacy Year 2 (2010-2011) – Continue to compete in the NAIA’s Heart of America Athletic Conference and be eligible for NAIA post-season play while completing educational activities as part of the NCAA Division II membership process.
  • Provisional Year (2011-2012) - After successful completion of the candidacy period, William Jewell must be invited to enter the provisional year, and Jewell’s readiness to become an active member will continue to be evaluated.
  • Active Member of NCAA Division II (2012-2013) - Must be invited to active membership.

William Jewell will maintain dual membership in the NAIA and NCAA during the candidacy period. The Cardinals will be eligible for post-season play in the NAIA during the first two NCAA candidacy years (2009-2010 and 2010-2011), but not during the final provisional year (2011-2012). The Cardinals will not be eligible for regional and national post-season play in the NCAA until full active membership is granted. A vote following the third year of membership would lead to a full active membership in the association for the 2012-2013 season.

The Indianapolis, Ind.-based Great Lakes Valley Conference was established in 1978 and is one of the largest NCAA Division II conferences in the country. With the October 2008 addition of Maryville University in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Springfield, the GLVC includes 15 teams from five Midwestern states. Other members of the GLVC are: Bellarmine University (Louisville, Ky.), Drury University (Springfield, Mo.), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.), Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla, Mo.), Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, Ky.), Quincy University (Quincy, Ill.), Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Mo.), Saint Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Ind.), University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.), University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, Mo.), University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, Ind.) and University of Wisconsin-Parkside (Kenosha, Wis.). 

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