January 23, 2012

Schreiner University to Join the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

SUWANEE, Ga. — The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference announced today that Schreiner University has accepted an invitation to join the Conference.

A member of the American Southwest Conference since 1998, Schreiner will join the SCAC at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year and become the seventh member of the Conference.

“We are pleased that Schreiner University has elected to join the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference,” said Austin College president Marjorie Hass, who currently serves as the chair of the SCAC Board of Directors. “Schreiner represents another fine institution that has worked hard to find balance for its solid academic program and competitive NCAA Division III athletics program. We are all impressed with the commitment Schreiner has displayed in the review process and anticipate many competitive games and matches in the years to come with our new conference partner.”

The acceptance of membership by Schreiner ensures that the SCAC will continue to be recognized as an active conference by the NCAA when the league’s two-year grace period expires prior to the 2014-15 academic year. The NCAA requires that a conference have seven core members who are active Division III institutions to be considered a conference in good standing.

"This is an important step for Schreiner University, both academically and athletically,” said Schreiner President Tim Summerlin. “The SCAC is a highly respected conference, and for very good reasons. That these institutions have unanimously endorsed an invitation to join the SCAC means much to us. We believe that it signifies a recognition that Schreiner is making great progress in its goal of being a premier place of learning as well as becoming increasingly competitive in its 13 intercollegiate athletic programs. We are honored by the invitation."

Schreiner University will become the seventh member of the SCAC in 2013-14 as it joins Austin College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Colorado College, University of Dallas, Southwestern University and Trinity University.

“I am delighted with the presidents’ affirmative response to the membership application of Schreiner University,” said SCAC commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “In the ever-changing membership of Division III in general, we recognize the importance of conference affiliation and associating our institutions with schools of similar academic and athletic philosophies. With Schreiner, we will gain an institution that fits our conference concept.”

"We feel very pleased and fortunate to have been invited into the SCAC," says Ron Macosko, Director of Athletics at Schreiner University. "In the fall of 2013, we will align ourselves with some of the top teaching institutions and athletic programs in the country. Although Schreiner is young as a university, it has made great strides in recent years, in terms of enrollment growth, facilities expansion and academic quality. We are committed to broad-based programs and recognize that academic success is the first priority for our student-athletes. We are pleased that the SCAC leadership saw these commitments when they made their decision to invite us."

Schreiner University was founded in 1923 when a Hill Country rancher, merchant and former Texas Ranger, Captain Charles Schreiner, asked the Presbyterian Church to help him put bricks, mortar, and people around a dream he had nurtured for many years. He donated land along the Guadalupe River and together they established "facilities for high grade instruction and military training to boys and young men as preparation for college and university work."

By 1971 the military training was discontinued and the school became fully coeducational. In 1973 Schreiner phased out its high school and strengthened its college curricula. And in 1981 the college became a four-year institution, graduating its first baccalaureate class three years later. Only a decade after, Schreiner was listed as one of the top regional liberal arts colleges in the western United States by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges Guide.

Schreiner, whose athletics teams are known as the Mountaineers and wear school colors of maroon and white, sponsors 13 intercollegiate varsity programs, all of which are sponsored by the SCAC including: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball.

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