The Ashland University Board of Trustees on Friday (Jan. 26) gave its support to the administration's decision that there will be no change in the AU athletic department's conference affiliation.
While AU's sports programs compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, AU administrators and Board examined the possibility of changing conferences due potential increased costs and the amount of class time missed by students associated with the amount of travel required with the reconfigured GLIAC.
"As some of you know, we have made a commitment to continue to analyze our athletic conference affiliation to ensure that it aligns with our mission and goals. Recently, a task force was assembled to analyze this issue, to provide us with the data we need to move forward in making a decision about our ongoing conference affiliation," Ashland University President Dr. Carlos Campo said.
Two town hall meetings also were held on campus in the fall to discuss the matter.
After careful consideration, President Campo indicated on Friday that the University has decided to remain in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), and will not review the status again until 2020.
"We feel like the GLIAC is the best conference for Ashland right now, and look forward to the outstanding competition it provides," Campo said. "The GLIAC made it clear that they saw us as valuable partners, and it is clear that they are one of the foremost conferences in all of Division II athletics."