PHILIPPI—Alderson Broaddus University’s application for permanent membership into the Mountain Athletic Conference was unanimously approved by the league’s Board of Directors last Friday.
The Battlers will compete in the MEC beginning this upcoming season and will participate in 19 of the conference’s 23 sports which award a championship.
“Alderson Broaddus emerged through the membership process as an outstanding candidate due to the shared philosophy, goals, sports sponsorship, and geography with our member institutions,” said MEC Commissioner Reid Amos. “AB has a proud and rich tradition in athletics that we expect will continue as a member of the Mountain East. I want to thank President Dr. Tim Barry and Athletics Director Carrie
Bodkins for their leadership and look forward to collaborating and working with them and the rest of the AB athletics department.”
According to their website, AB is best known for its health science, natural science, education, and music programs, and offers a variety of majors in five academic divisions: Education and Special Programs, Health Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. It was the first college in West Virginia to offer a four-year degree in nursing and the first in the country to offer a four-year physician assistant degree. The athletics department strives to achieve excellence in competition, in the classroom, and in the community, focusing on the well-being of the student-athlete and fostering a positive student-athlete experience. AB currently sponsors 27 intercollegiate sports and is home to 650 student-athletes representing 23 states and 15 countries.
“We are very pleased to welcome Alderson Broaddus University to the Mountain East Conference,” said West Liberty University President and President of the MEC Board of Directors Dr. Stephen Greiner. “AB is a very good fit for our league for many different reasons, and we look forward to having them as a member.”
AB President Dr. Tim Barry was also honored that his school was accepted into the conference.
“Alderson Broaddus University is delighted to join the Mountain East Conference,” said Barry. “Since its inception, AB athletics has had deep and meaningful relationships with many of the schools in the MEC, and we are very grateful to Commissioner Amos and the MEC Board of Directors to afford us the opportunity of joining the conference.”
Established in 2013, the Mountain East Conference has established itself as one of the top conferences in the country. In just seven years, MEC schools have produced three NCAA Division II champions in team sports, eight finalists, and 14 semifinalists. In the classroom, the MEC recognizes close to 2,000 student-athletes every year for their academic success and has produced nine NCAA Elite 90 winners, an award given the individual with the highest cumulative grade-point average at the finals’ site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.
“We are very excited to join such a strong conference with many local ties,” said Alderson Broaddus Director of Athletics Carrie Bodkins. “I would like to thank Commissioner Amos for his leadership during this process and the rest of the league for extending this invitation. I would also like to thank Commissioner Tom Daeger of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference for providing a home for us with great competition for the past seven years,” Bodkins aded. “We look forward to continuing to provide the best experience possible for Alderson Broaddus student-athletes.”
A press conference to formally welcome Alderson Broaddus to the MEC will be held on Friday, June 26th, at 1:30 p.m. at Burbick Hall on the AB campus. The event will also be streamed live on MountainEast.tv.