The newly formed Mountain East Conference has officially applied for approval to begin competing as the NCAA's newest Division II athletic conference during the 2013-14 academic year.
The MEC's formal application was submitted to the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis on Friday, with all supporting documentation.
The league's charter members include: Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Notre Dame College (Ohio), Shepherd University, The University of Charleston, The University of Virginia's College at Wise (Va.), Urbana University (Ohio), West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College.
The MEC Board of Directors, comprised of the presidents of the 12 member institutions, voted unanimously to form the newest regional all-sports conference during a November meeting held at Fairmont State University.
West Liberty University president Robin C. Capehart was approved as the Chair of the MEC's Board of Directors, while Reid Amos was unanimously appointed as the league's first Commissioner. The two were recommended upon the MEC's Committee of Athletic Administrators (CAA).
Amos is currently the Vice President of the Broadcasting department at West Liberty. He was previously serving as the recording secretary and spokesperson for the conference, as well as working as a liaison between the CAA and the Board since the agreement to form the new league was decided on.
"Reid has nearly two decades of experience with NCAA Division II athletics and has successfully led many initiatives, particularly in the areas of conference development and media enhancements," Capehart said in an official press release. "In fact, he is currently serving as Chair of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Committee. In addition to his long-standing business relationships with many of our members, Reid has provided excellent leadership for all of us throughout this process and we have every confidence he will continue to do so as we forge ahead on this new path."
Amos is thrilled at the thought of the opportunities that come with the development of a new conference.
"We are very pleased to have presented our credentials to the NCAA seeking to become the 25th Division II conference," Amos said in an official press release. "The MEC will value providing a quality experience for its student athletes in a highly competitive conference. Our institutions are committed to moving forward as a model conference guided by NCAA standards which enable our best programs to rank among the nation's best. With the great athletic histories of our institutions, I am honored to be named the first Commissioner of the Mountain East Conference by our Board of Directors as we move forward into a bright future."
The MEC is awaiting approval for competition in 2013-14. If approved, the league would meet the NCAA guidelines for conference championships in 16 sports: men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball.