The NCAA Division II Membership Committee has accepted the application of Concordia University-Portland to join the NCAA, paving the way for its full-time membership in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), the same conference Western Washington University is a member of.
The action is subject to approval by the NCAA Management Council during its annual meeting July 21-22 in Indianapolis. Concordia will begin the three-year membership process this fall as one of five schools in the 2014-15 first-year candidacy class which was announced today by the NCAA.
Concordia joins 10 other institutions, which are located in five states and one Canadian province, as full-time members of the GNAC.
Other members include Western Washington University, University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington University, Montana State University Billings, Northwest Nazarene University, Saint Martin’s University, Seattle Pacific University, Simon Fraser University (B.C.), and Western Oregon University.
“We are extremely pleased to learn of Concordia’s acceptance into the NCAA, and extend our congratulations to President Charles Schlimpert and the entire Concordia community,” said GNAC commissioner Dave Haglund. “Concordia will be an excellent addition to the GNAC and Division II, and we look forward to incorporating them as a full-time member.”
The Cavaliers will continue to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) during the 2014-15 season.
Concordia will begin competing in the GNAC in 2015-16, but will not be eligible for NCAA post-season play until the fall of 2017.
The NCAA will continue to review each school during the candidacy process to determine if the institution should repeat any year of the process.