CHARLOTTE, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has hired Ben Baxter as Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications.
“Ben joined the CIAA at a very busy time of year and has already made an immediate impact. His varied experiences at the conference level as well as in ticket and customer management give him a unique perspective that will be a great asset for us,” said Suzette McQueen, Senior Associate Commissioner for External Relations and Strategic Marketing.
As the Assistant Commissioner, Baxter will help manage the public, media and community relations efforts of the conference, including branding, marketing/sponsorships, licensing and other areas. In addition, he will be the conference’s primary liaison to member institutions’ sports information directors as well as oversee the communications strategy for the 14 CIAA Championship sports. He will also plan and execute press conferences, football and basketball media day, and other special events while also serving as the primary webmaster for the conference website, assist with television and multi-media broadcasts, and oversee the conference’s digital and social media strategies.
He joins the CIAA staff from his most recent stint with the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center where he served on the junior management team specializing in ticketing operations, sales, and service. Prior to that, he also served in a similar role at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Baxter brings experience working at the conference level having spent three years with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as Director of Communications, New Media, & Marketing and then the Assistant Commissioner for Communications, New Media and Marketing, serving as the media contact for the league’s 13 sponsored sports and championships while playing an integral role in their communications and digital marketing strategy.
A native of Charlotte, NC, Baxter holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports, Event, and Entertainment Management from Johnson & Wales University with a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University.