August 16, 2009

Penn State Abington Joins Division III Ranks

from press release

Chancellor Karen Wiley Sandler announced today the NCAA has extended a formal membership offer to the college. Penn State Abington will become a member of Division III. This news comes on the heels of acceptance into the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), an NCAA Division III conference, based in Gansevort, New York. The NCAA's offer culminates a four-year process in which Penn State Abington grew from a program with seven sports to a varsity program with 13 sports.

"This is an important step in our efforts to provide a strong athletic experience and enhanced opportunities for our students here at Penn State Abington." said Sandler. "We're right where we want to be in our long term planning and on schedule to achieve full NCAA Division III within a few short years."

Penn State Abington will undergo a provisional membership process of up to four years before it becomes eligible for NCAA championship play. However, the college intends to extend its post-season opportunities through participation in the NEAC conference championships as well as the ECAC Championships, available to teams in the Northeast and MidAtlantic regions of the country.

Director of Athletics Karen Weaver, who has overseen the college's growth and transition the past three years, says: "Our coaching staff and student athletes are very excited about this news. NCAA membership further positions the college as a great choice academically, athletically and financially in these difficult times. With 13 sports to choose from, we believe we can be an alternative for those who want a Penn State education but may not want to compete in Division I."

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