Vixen Salute: CIAA Appoints First Female African American Commissioner


The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association made history on Monday (August 27), after announcing Jacqie Carpenter as the newly appointed Commissioner of the conference.

Carpenter, who is the first female African American to hold this position, has a history in college sports ranging from her run as a member of Hampton University’s 1988 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship team to her work as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Virginia Union University. Her promotion to Commissioner of the CIAA comes after a nine year stint with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

“The CIAA Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Jacqie Carpenter as our new Commissioner,” Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, CIAA Chairman of the Board of Directors said in a press release. “She is a very talented athletics leader who brings rich and varied experience and skills from years at the NCAA. We welcome her tremendous enthusiasm for the future of the CIAA.”

Though her new position isn’t effective until next month, Carpenter already has her eyes set to the future. As the CIAA approaches its Centennial, she has a host of innovative plans of her own in store for the organization.

“We will provide effective, stable management reflective of the CIAA’s remarkable history,” she revealed in an official press release. “Our focus will be to deliver a successful second century to the CIAA within a culture that assures the highest quality experience and opportunities for our student-athletes and membership.”

The CIAA was founded in 1912 and is the oldest predominately Historically Black College and University athletic conference. Active participants span the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

Congratulations Jacqie!

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