Brevard, N.C. – On Monday, July 28, Brevard College President Dr. Drew Van Horn announced that Brevard College has officially received full NCAA Division II status and can now compete as full NCAA Division II members.
“Brevard College is proud to be recognized as a full member of the NCAA Division II,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn. “This strong division mirrors the values and goals of Brevard College.”
Monday’s announcement puts an exclamation point on what has been a challenging two-year process in which Brevard College transitioned from NAIA to the NCAA DII.
“This is a pivotal moment in the history of our athletics program,” said Athletic Director Kim Pate. “To be affiliated as an NCAA Division II member is an honor and unique opportunity for our institution, athletics programs and community to model the true value of higher education through an integration of learning that is experienced at the Division II level.”
In association with Brevard College’s confirmation as a full member of the NCAA Division II, the South Atlantic Conference Council of Presidents has awarded Brevard College full membership into the South Atlantic Conference.
“We are excited to welcome Brevard College as a full member of the South Atlantic Conference. Dr. Van Horn and everyone associated with the College have done a tremendous job during the transition from NAIA and I know they will prove to be an asset not only to the SAC, but to Division II intercollegiate athletics in general,” said South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz.
“I am very grateful to the President’s of the South Atlantic Conference and the conference leadership for their assistance and support of Brevard during our transition,” stated Dr. Van Horn. “Brevard College feels fortunate to be part of one of the nation’s premiere NCAA Division II conferences.”
During the 2007-08 school year, Brevard was a provisional member of the conference. During its provisional year, Brevard competed against all South Atlantic Conference teams in all sports, and followed all South Atlantic Conference rules and guidelines. They were not eligible for postseason competition or league awards.
“We are excited to be a member of the South Atlantic Conference and look forward to competing in a highly respected league known for both academic success and athletic achievement,” stated Kim Pate.
Brevard was founded in 1853 and is the oldest college or university in the mountains of North Carolina. It is a four-year private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.
The school offers 19 majors and four pre-professional studies. Brevard had 658 full-time students enrolled for fall of 2006 with a goal to reach a full-time enrollment of 850 by 2009.
The college sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic sports recently adding football, cycling and women’s golf to the mix.