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St. Andrews welcomed into NAIA

Newport Beach, Calif. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that St. Andrews University has been admitted to full membership effective August 1. Only four schools in the country were admitted to membership at the annual meeting.

St. Andrews will be eligible for NAIA championship competition beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year.

“We are pleased to accept these quality institutions as NAIA members,” said Ted Brown, chair of the NAIA Council of Presidents and President of Martin Methodist College (Tenn.). “This was the first year of a new process put in place to strengthen the review of membership applications, and it has worked well. We are taking a hard look at schools to make sure they are a good fit with the NAIA, so it’s more about a good fit than pure numbers.”

Also admitted for membership were Georgia Gwinnett College, Indiana University Kokomo and Lindenwood University – Belleville (Ill.)

St. Andrews University sponsors 14 varsity sports which will compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).

“Our coaches and student-athletes are excited about joining the NAIA and AAC,” said Glenn Batten, vice president for administration and director of athletics of St. Andrews University. “The NAIA Champions of Character initiative underscores the qualities we expect from our student-athletes in competition and in the classroom. The five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership have long been part of our educational philosophy and it is refreshing to know that the NAIA recognizes the role athletics can play in character development.”

Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, noted that these new members were subjected to a more rigorous analysis than in the past.

“Our process ensures that the NAIA membership is strong and that new members share our values,” Carr said. “We’re pleased that this new process is working and that more institutions than ever are inquiring about membership with the NAIA. We think the NAIA has a lot to offer, and we’re excited about sharing our story with other potential members.”

“We look forward to competing in the NAIA, which combines intense athletic competition with a strong history of integrity in athletics that mirrors the values and commitments of St. Andrews University,” said St. Andrews University President Paul Baldasare.

About the NAIA

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is the governing body for athletics programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The long-held mission of the NAIA is to advance character-driven intercollegiate athletics while promoting the education and development of well-rounded students and productive citizens through sport participation. The association offers equitable access and opportunities to more than 60,000 student-athletes for the chance to compete in its 23 national championship events held annually throughout the country.

Today, the NAIA strengthens its commitment to student-athletes and strives to enrich their college experience by supporting academic achievement and character development. NAIA Champions of Character is the association’s innovative flagship program designed to instill character values in student-athletes, coaches and youth in the communities it serves. To learn more, visit www.NAIA.org.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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