Tom Brown, Commissioner of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), announced that Tiffin University of Ohio has officially accepted an offer of membership to join the league beginning in the 2008-09 academic year.
Tiffin University will become the league's 14th full member and sponsors 18 of the GLIAC's 20 championship sports. Located in on a 110-acre campus in Tiffin, Ohio, Tiffin University was founded in 1888 and is entering its ninth year of NCAA Division II status. The Dragons will compete as an independent member of Division II during the 2007-08 academic year.
Brown, who has overseen the expansion of the GLIAC from 10 members, all located in Michigan, to 14 institutions in three states during his tenure, was pleased to make the announcement. "We are excited to have a school of Tiffin's caliber joining our conference," stated Brown. "Tiffin is a great fit for the GLIAC, athletically, academically and geographically. We feel that the GLIAC is one of the top conferences in Division II and the addition of Tiffin will only make us stronger."
The presidents of the current GLIAC member institutions unanimously decided to offer membership to Tiffin in a meeting conducted Tuesday on the campus of Northwood University.
Tiffin University President Dr. Paul Marion was also happy about the announcement. "We are very pleased to join the GLIAC and are honored to be associated with the outstanding colleges and universities that are members," said Marion. "The GLIAC is considered by many to be the premier Division II conference in the NCAA."
Tiffin will be the third institution from the state of Ohio to join the GLIAC. Ashland University, located in Ashland, Ohio, joined the league on July 1, 1995. The University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, began competing in the league on July 1, 1997.
"The invitation to join the GLIAC is really a testament as to how far our athletic program has grown," said Ian Day, Director of Athletics at Tiffin. "There are a lot of people on the staff that have worked hard to help make this happen. The GLIAC is a great fit for the University on many levels including our games against natural area rivals Findlay and Ashland."
The GLIAC also has two members in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gannon University and Mercyhurst College, along with nine members in the state of Michigan. The GLIAC's members in Michigan include: Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Wayne State University.
The University of Indianapolis competes as an associate member in the GLIAC in football and men's and women's swimming & diving. Lewis University (Ill.) competes as an associate member in men's and women's swimming & diving.