March 24, 2009
BAY CITY, Mich. — Dell Robinson, Associate Commissioner for Legislative and Compliance services for the Mid-America Conference (MAC) for the last 10 years, has been named Commissioner of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
Robinson, will begin his duties at the GLIAC office on June 15, is replacing retiring Commissioner Tom Brown, who has presided over the league since 1992. Robinson will become the sixth commissioner in the 37-year history of the GLIAC and the first ethnic minority to be named commissioner of a non-Historically Black College or University conference in the NCAA’s Division II.
Robinson currently oversees the MAC’s compliance program and engages the member schools with the NCAA governance structure. In addition, he is the staff liaison to the student-athlete advisory committee, the faculty athletics representatives and the committee on infractions. He has also served as the administrator for men’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming/diving, men’s tennis and wrestling.
“We are excited to have Dell Robinson become the Commissioner of the GLIAC,” stated Grand Valley State University Director of Athletics Tim Selgo, who is currently serving as the league’s Executive Council President. “He brings a wealth of experience to this position. Having worked in a conference office setting and having been a student-athlete himself will be of great benefit while working from the commissioner’s chair. Although he has spent most of his career in Division I, Dell’s work in college athletics and his personality encompasses all of the attributes of Division II. We look forward to his leadership of the GLIAC.”
Robinson has experience on the national level as well, currently serving as the MAC’s representative on the NCAA Management Council. The Management Council reviews and approves policies that govern the NCAA membership. He is the former chair of the Selection Review Committee which placed administrators on NCAA Committees, and has served on the NCAA Sportsmanship Committee. In addition, Robinson was selected to serve on the 2002-03 NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males. He presently serves on the NCAA Administrative Cabinet and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Learfield Director’s Cup Committee.
“This appointment is exciting news for all involved,” stated MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst. “As experienced and highly-regarded as Dell is as an administrator in college athletics, his personal characteristics are even more outstanding. Dell has a wide range of relationships that will be extremely beneficial in his new position. The GLIAC has identified a leader whose first priority is, and always will be, the student-athlete.”
Prior to returning to his hometown with the MAC, Robinson served as assistant commissioner for compliance from 1996-99 at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in Denver. Before joining the WAC, Robinson served as the director of compliance and enforcement for the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) from 1992-96. He assisted member schools with rules interpretations, rules education, campus compliance visits, compliance reviews, hardship petitions and waivers.
Having received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Ohio University in 1988, Robinson was a walk-on to the Bobcat football team. He was a member of the squad’s special teams unit from 1984-88. Robinson earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Iowa State University in 1992. While at Ohio, Robinson was in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and still maintains an active role in the organization.
Robinson is a member of the Cleveland Bridgebuilders Class of 2004. He was selected as one of Kaleidscope Magazines 40 under 40 for his professional as well civic responsibilities. He was also selected as one of Cleveland’s Crain’s Business Magazines 40 under 40. Robinson Co-Chaired the Parish Advisory Board at St.Agnes-Our Lady of Fatima and a former member of the Diocese of Cleveland Pastoral Council. Robinson presently serves on the Greater Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is the former chairman of the Ohio University Alumni Association and a member of Ohio University Board of Trustees.
Founded in 1972, the GLIAC has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 37 years. The league currently boasts 12 full members, nine of which are located in Michigan, and three in Ohio. The league’s Ohio institutions include Ashland University, the University of Findlay and Tiffin University, which is in its first year of membership. The GLIAC’s members in Michigan include: Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Saginaw Valley State University and Wayne State University.
The GLIAC conducts championships in 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. The GLIAC Executive Council is comprised of three representatives from each institution - its director of athletics, senior woman administrator and faculty athletic representative.
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