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Division III Senior Woman Administrator Program

At the recommendation of the Division III Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, in 2016, the NCAA governance staff partnered with Women Leaders in College Sports to offer a new professional development opportunity for Division III Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs).  Annually, Division III provides funding for 30 SWAs to attend a division-specific program. The program will alternate being held in conjunction with the annual Women Leaders in College Sports Convention (October) and the NCAA Inclusion Forum (April).

The program’s goal is to provide professional development and networking opportunities for SWAs, in particular those seeking to become athletics directors and/or conference commissioners.  Topics discussed will cover a variety of professional development topics that may include preparing your resume and cover letter for the athletics director search, networking, budgeting, positioning yourself to become an athletics director, the presidents perspective, working with and collaborating with athletics directors, and discussing the SWA’s current role and responsibilities. 

In addition to the scheduled Division III specific programming, participants will be registered to attend the Women Leaders in College Sports Convention or the NCAA Inclusion Forum depending on the host site of the program.  All participants will receive a year’s membership to Women Leaders in College Sports. 

Applications are available, via Program Hub, in June if the program is being held in conjunction with Women Leaders or in October if held in conjunction with the NCAA Inclusion Forum.  Final selections are announced in mid-July or late-November, respectively.  For additional information, contact Louise McCleary, Managing Director of Division III,