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Nashville, Tenn.--- Fisk University Athletic Director Anthony Owens has been selected as the representative of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) for the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).Anthony OwensOwens

The NAC is an exclusive group of nearly 36 members representing all the 23 conferences and close to 300 schools within the NAIA.  A minimum of 10 athletic directors and 10 conference commissioners serve on the NAC.
"It is an honor to be selected by my peers in the GCAC for this prestigious position," said Owens. "This is not an individual honor, it belongs to the Fisk University Bulldog family as a whole."
A former Tennessee State University football standout, Owens has 14 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school level, moving into athletic administration with Fisk University in 2010. The role of athletic director has provided an opportunity to revitalize the program. In three years, he has expanded the department's sports offered and resources, enhanced the quality of student-athlete development, and developed innovative outreach strategies.

"The role of athletic director, here at Fisk University is a great opportunity," said Owens.  "This appointment will be no different. I am prepared for the challenge and look forward to making an impactful contribution to the Council."
The NAC meets as a body twice a year, having recently met in April 2013, at the NAIA convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The body will meet again in June at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention in Orlando, Florida. The Council will also meet throughout the academic year where four committees - Rules and Ratings, Championships, Awards and Statistics and Experience and Enhancement - will review appeals and requests.


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