NORFOLK, Va., —The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Council of Chief Executive Officers (CCEOs) has extended the contract of Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas until September 2024.
“Over the last sixteen years, the MEAC has had steady and effective leadership in Commissioner Thomas,” Dr. David Wilson, Chair of the MEAC CCEOs and president at Morgan State University, said. “He has brought many innovations to the Conference and the Council of Presidents is quite pleased to extend his contract another five years.”
“I am honored and would like to thank Dr. Wilson, Chairman of the MEAC’s Council of Chief Executive Officers, and the council members for expressing their confidence in my leadership of the MEAC,” Thomas said. “We are seeing tectonic mutations in intercollegiate athletics from a student-athlete and financial perspective, among other things. I look forward to working with our member institutions to address these challenges and advance the agenda of providing student-athletes with a meaningful experience, a quality education and ultimately procuring their degrees.”
The 2018-19 academic year marks Thomas’ 17th year as commissioner. During his tenure, the conference has ensured its financial stability (balancing the budget for 16 consecutive years), increased new revenue streams, strengthened institutional compliance and improved student-athletes’ welfare and graduation rates.