SWAC Votes to Remain in Birmingham
Conference Headquarters and Operations to continue in Magic City
March 28, 2007
After a series of meetings and discussions, the Southwestern Athletic Conference will continue to house its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. In a vote taken among the Conference’s Council of Presidents & Chancellors, the SWAC will continue to operate out of Birmingham – the location of the conference office since 2000.
“We have enjoyed the relationship built between ourselves and the city of Birmingham,” said SWAC Commissioner Robert C. Vowels. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the city and our commitment to the region and our schools.”
“We are delighted the SWAC Council of Presidents has decided to keep the SWAC headquarters in the City of Birmingham,” said Birmingham mayor Bernard Kincaid. “We look forward to building on this partnership, and strengthening Birmingham’s growing pre-eminence as a destination for major college football events.”
Among the topics of discussion between the Council of Presidents & Chancellors came several initiatives for the future of the conference. One of the major points of focus will be the branding and image of the conference football and basketball championships. Another point of emphasis was the continued branding of the entire conference and its 18 intercollegiate sports.
“One of the major areas that (the Conference Office) has continued to work on is our presence not only in the city of Birmingham, but across the state, region and the country,” said Vowels. “Along with the current operational staff at the Conference Office, our goal will continue to be to heighten the awareness of the Conference and its members as well as to promote the Southwestern Athletic Conference, its ten member institutions, and its more than 3,000 student athletes.”