One of the most well-respected and experienced leaders in Division I athletics, Bernadette V. McGlade enters her fifth year as the Atlantic 10 Commissioner. Her progressive guidance has led the league to new opportunities while promoting the excellence and integrity of the Atlantic 10 within intercollegiate athletics.
Named the fifth full-time commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference on June 2, 2008, McGlade in unison with the Council of Presidents and directors of athletics began working to shape the image and branding of the league and further position the A-10 as one of the top 10 Division I conferences in the country. McGlade quickly embraced the pride and commitment of each institution, and enthusiastically announced in March 2009, that the finals of the Men's Basketball Championship would be aired nationally on CBS on Selection Sunday for the first time in league history, beginning in 2010. She worked to strengthen an already close relationship with the A-10 and its television partners, CBS College Sports and ESPN, and as a result, fans of Atlantic 10 basketball enjoy even greater television exposure for its teams on yearly basis.
McGlade lead the conference through the development of a five-year Strategic Initiative Plan that was adopted by the Presidents' Council in November of 2010. Highlighting four areas of emphasis: Conference Membership, Student-Athlete Experience, Competitive Operating Standards and Conference Revenue Resources and Distribution, the conference has a clear road map for the future supported by the mission of the Atlantic 10.
The media declared the Atlantic 10 the "winner" of the 2011-12 conference realignment shuffle when McGlade brought recent National Championship and Final Four participants Butler and VCU into the league. Her efforts resulted in a 16-team league that is unparalleled in its basketball-centric ideals.
McGlade spearheaded a partnership agreement for the men's basketball championship, negotiating an agreement to take the championship, beginning in 2013, to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; a five-year move for the championship to be held in the newest NBA arena through 2017.
The Conference has experienced tremendous success both on the playing field and in the classroom during McGlade's tenure as commissioner. She is driven by an unwavering commitment to uphold the league's traditions while striving to reach even greater heights for the more than 5,200 student-athletes who proudly compete under the Atlantic 10 banner...Great people. Great places. Extraordinary opportunities.
Well respected as an administrator throughout the NCAA, McGlade currently serves on the NCAA Men's Basketball Officiating LLC Board of Directors and the NCAA Honors Committee.
McGlade spent 11 years at the Atlantic Coast Conference prior to her arrival at the A-10, including the last nine as Associate Commissioner. Hired in 1997 as an Assistant Commissioner, McGlade stepped into the newly created position overseeing women's basketball. Her responsibilities included conference scheduling, the ACC Tournament, television oversight and selection, budget management and institutional liaison with the women's basketball coaches. In addition, McGlade directed the officiating program for four Division I conferences, including recruitment, training and development of NCAA basketball officials, as well as developing and directing the South Atlantic Women's Basketball Officiating Alliance (SAWBO).
During her tenure at the ACC, McGlade worked with Olympic Sport Championships, Senior Woman Administrators and NCAA and ACC Committee oversight, including sportsmanship, officiating, equity, and television. She served on the NCAA Management Council, as well as the NCAA Task Force for Division I Women's Basketball. In addition, McGlade was part of the administrative team for ACC events including the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, the Inaugural ACC Football Championship Game and numerous men's and women's NCAA Basketball events.
From 1995-2000, McGlade served on the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Committee and chaired that Committee in 1999 and 2000. Additionally, McGlade served on the NCAA Working Group to Study Basketball Issues (1998-2000), as well as the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Marketing and Promotions Group (1997-1999). During that period, she also participated on the eight-person NCAA Television Negotiating Committee. This group secured, what was at the time, the largest television contract for any sporting event, totaling $6.2 billion in revenue from CBS for the NCAA men's basketball championship. Additionally, the group secured the current ESPN contract for the NCAA women's basketball championship and numerous additional National Championships' rights, in excess of $162 million.
Prior to arriving at the ACC, McGlade served for seventeen years at Georgia Institute of Technology. She was hired at Georgia Tech in 1981, and at the age of 23 was one of the youngest Division I head women's basketball coaches in the nation and the first full-time female to coach at Georgia Tech. By 1983, McGlade assumed the responsibilities of coordinating women's sports at Georgia Tech where she was instrumental in the elevation of several sports to the varsity level and hiring a complement of coaches.
In 1985, McGlade was named Assistant Athletic Director for Olympic Sports, overseeing internal operations at Georgia Tech. In 1987, McGlade moved into full-time administration as Associate Athletic Director, assuming responsibility for all sports programs, including football and men's basketball, continued oversight of NCAA Compliance, the Bill Moore Tennis Center and the Total Person Program.
Throughout the 1990s, McGlade continued to expand her responsibilities and experience by serving as the Tournament Director for the 1993 NCAA Women's Final Four, which secured the first pre-sellout in the history of the event. Additionally, she served for a year and a half as the 1996 Olympic Games liaison for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, developing and coordinating the Association's strategic plan. McGlade also served on strategically important NCAA and ACC committees such as the Committee on Women's Athletics, Television Negotiations Committee, Gender Equity Committee, NCAA Membership Subcommittee, Marketing Committee, Sportsmanship Committee, Officiating Committee and numerous sports committees.
In addition to her service, McGlade has acquired numerous honors throughout her career. In her senior year at the University of North Carolina, McGlade was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Valkyries, the highest honor for undergraduate women at the university. In 1987 she was named an Image Maker for the city of Atlanta and in 1993 she was recognized for the Excellence in Education Award for the development of an Atlanta (Ga.) Public School Outreach Program. In 1995, the University of North Carolina selected her as an Honored Jersey recipient where her playing jersey hangs in the rafters of Carmichael Auditorium.
In 2000, McGlade was recognized as the WBCA National Administrator of the Year, was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the South Jersey Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Two years later, in 2002, Georgia Tech honored McGlade as one of the 50 1st Women of the Institute. McGlade was named to the ACC Women's Basketball 50th Anniversary Team and was inducted into the Camden County (N.J.) 2006 Regional Hall of Fame. In 2008, the YWCA of Greensboro, N.C., presented her with the Kay Yow Outstanding Female in Sports award and she was a featured speaker at the NCAA Women's Final Four Leadership Forum. Most recently McGlade was named a 2012 ACC legend by Georgia Tech; she is the first person to be honored as an ACC legend as a player (UNC-2007) and coach (Georgia Tech-2012).
A native of Gloucester City, N.J., McGlade earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.