Central State University will join the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) as a full member beginning this fall. Presidents of the SIAC member institutions voted unanimously to grant full membership to CSU. Central State had established partial membership with football in 2013 and will now see all of its sports compete under the fules and by-laws of the SIAC beginning this fall.
"Joining the SIAC is a great opportunity for Central State University. The SIAC provides additional exposure for Central State and enhances the collegiate and academic experience," CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said. "We look forward to the camaraderie and athletic competition with some of the best universities in the country."
Central State previously competed as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in cross-country, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's track & field, and men's track & field. CSU officially ended its affiliation with the conference on June 15.
"We (SIAC) are very pleased to welcome Central State University as a full member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference," said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. "Central State is an outstanding academic institution with a rich athletic tradition. We look forward to working with President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond and her staff as they make the transition to full membership."
CSU recently celebrated a 10-year anniversary of achieving NCAA Div. II status dating back to 2004. Prior to joining the NCAA, Central State competed as a member of the NAIA.