York, Pa. - The Presidents Council of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) proudly announced Wednesday the addition of Christopher Newport University (CNU) as a full member of the conference, beginning July 1, 2013.
"Christopher Newport University is an exceptional academic institution of higher education that boasts an outstanding intercollegiate athletic program," said Frostburg State University President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, Chair of the CAC Presidents Council. "We believe the partnership with CNU, under the leadership of President Paul Trible, will bring many years of quality competition to the Capital Athletic Conference. We’re thrilled to have CNU join the CAC."
The first year of full competition will be the 2013-14 academic year. CNU, which competes in 19 of the 21 CAC Championship sports, will be immediately eligible for conference championships and NCAA Tournament opportunities.
"This is an exciting time for Christopher Newport University," Trible said. "We are delighted to be joining the Capital Athletic Conference, and look forward to building upon the wonderful rivalries we enjoy with the league’s members. The shared commitment to academic and athletic success by the league’s members and their geographic proximity to our campus make the Capital an ideal fit for CNU."
The CAC currently has nine full member institutions, but will have just seven in the 2012-13 academic year. The addition of CNU will increase membership to eight for the 2013-14 academic year, joining Frostburg State (Md.) University, Marymount (Va.) University, the University of Mary Washington (Va.), Salisbury (Md.) University, St. Mary’s College of Md., Wesley College (Del) and York College of Pa.
"It is exciting to add a quality academic institution with strong athletics program," said CAC Commissioner Tom Byrnes. "Spirited competition has always been a hallmark of the CAC, and the addition of Christopher Newport will be excellent for our conference. We look forward to the Captains’ programs challenging for championships in the already strong Capital Athletic Conference."
CNU is currently a member of the USA South Athletic Conference, and will continue to compete in that conference until the end of the 2012-13 season. The Captains also have the option to play in the USA South in football through the 2015 season.
The Capital Athletic Conference, which is competing in its 22nd championship season (2011-12) as an all-sports athletic conference, is a coalition of four-year, co-educational institutions promoting intercollegiate athletic competition among schools located in close geographic proximity that have similar educational and athletic philosophies.
The CAC strives to develop a harmony of good feeling and a spirit of competitive sportsmanship, fellowship, and uniformity of practice among member institutions. Conference members are required to operate their intercollegiate athletic programs under the highest ethical standards and to maintain a program consistent with the overall educational philosophy of the member institutions.