INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) has named Jay K. Jones to serve as the conference's next Commissioner, beginning July 1, 2019. Jones will be the fourth Commissioner in the 20 year history of the HCAC.
Jones currently serves as the Associate Director of Division III Governance at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and will replace Maureen Harty, who will step down at the end of the 2018-19 academic year to return to her native Chicago and assume a similar role at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.
"We are pleased to have Jay Jones' seasoned leadership at the helm of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. He brings a can-do attitude and a no-nonsense, compassionate approach to the ten-member league" stated Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, President of Defiance College and Chair of the HCAC President's Council.
"I am honored to be selected to serve the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as its next Commissioner", said Jones. "The conference membership has built something very special and I look forward to working with all of them to continue and further that growth. I sincerely thank the conference leadership for this special opportunity and look forward to our future together. I also must thank my NCAA National Office family for the support and professionalism they have extended to me throughout this process. Division III is a special place and I am thankful to be able to continue to serve in a different leadership role within the Division."
Prior to serving at the NCAA, Jones was Commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference (NCAA Division II), based in Orlando, and a member of the Academic and Membership Affairs staff at the NCAA as Director of Division III. He also held compliance positions at St. Louis University and the University of South Florida. Jones earned a bachelor of science degree in education with a major in sports management from the University of Tennessee, and MBA and JD degrees from Stetson University in Florida.
The HCAC was founded in 1998 and includes ten NCAA Division III institutions across Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky: Anderson University, Bluffton University, Defiance College, Earlham College, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester University, Mount St. Joseph University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Transylvania University.