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Atlantic 10 Conference Presidents Extend Commissioner McGlade Through 2024

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference Presidents Council announced Monday the extension of Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade’ s contract through the 2023-24 academic year.

Hired in 2008, McGlade is completing her 11th year as A-10 Commissioner. The contract extension is the third in her A-10 tenure, and is positioned to allow her to be the longest serving commissioner in the history of the A-10 in 2022-23.  Currently, McGlade is the longest tenured female Commissioner of the 32 Division I Conferences.

“Commissioner McGlade has provided outstanding leadership for the Atlantic 10 Conference over the past 11 years,” said Saint Joseph’s President, Dr. Mark C. Reed, who serves as the Chair of the A-10 Presidents’ Council. “She has kept the A-10 at the forefront of national issues, while enhancing the strengths that embody what the conference was founded on – high-level academics and nationally competitive athletics. On behalf of the Atlantic 10 Presidents’ Council, I congratulate Bernadette on this extension and look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”

McGlade has served on numerous NCAA sport and association-wide committees, currently serving on the prestigious NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee.  McGlade is the fifth woman to serve on the men’s selection committee and is one of just a handful of administrators to have been selected to both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Selection Committees; she served as Chair of the Women’s Committee in 1999 and 2000. 

“I have been extremely fortunate to serve the A-10 for the past eleven years and I am appreciative for the vote of confidence in me from the Council of Presidents and Athletic Directors,” stated McGlade.  “I want to thank the Presidents, administrators, coaches and student-athletes for their support, and I look forward to continued success and growth for the league.”

Under McGlade’s leadership, the Atlantic 10 expanded to include Davidson, George Mason and VCU, all three which had reached a Final Four or Elite Eight. McGlade also led the successful negotiation of lucrative long-term media rights packages with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, Stadium and ESPN+.  She has spearheaded multiple partnerships through 2024 with BSE Global in Brooklyn, N.Y., as well as PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and Monumental Sports in Washington, D.C., as the site of the league’s premiere event, the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship. McGlade has also implemented a student-athlete leadership program for men and women’s basketball, student-athlete participation in diversity and inclusion forums, and included the A-10 SAAC student-athletes in the annual governance meetings.

McGlade has served as the Collegiate Commissioner's Association's representative on the Division I Council and as a member of the Women's Basketball Oversight Committee.  A sought-after speaker, she participated in the Sports Business Journal Forum on Intercollegiate Athletics in 2018, was a recent participant on an Aspen Institute panel on "Pay for Play," and has been a featured speaker at the NCAA Women's Final Four Leadership Forum and Women Leaders in College Sports national conventions. She also serves on the Arizona State Sports Law and Business Advisory Board.

In 2000, she 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, Georgia Tech honored McGlade as one of the 50 First Women of the Institute. McGlade was named to the ACC Women's Basketball 50th Anniversary Team and in 2008, the YWCA of Greensboro, N.C., presented her with the Kay Yow Outstanding Female in Sports award. She was named an ACC Legend by UNC as a player in 2010 and by Georgia Tech as a coach in 2012, becoming the first person honored as both a player and coach. In 2014, NACWAA recognized her as an Administrator of the Year and she named one of Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers.”

McGlade received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina where she was women’s basketball standout for the Tar Heels. Her honored jersey hangs in the rafters of Carmichael Arena and she is the all-time leading rebounder for men and women’s basketball at North Carolina. At age 23, she was hired as the head women’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech, becoming the first full-time female coach in the school’s history. After coaching for seven seasons, McGlade moved into administration, serving as the tournament director for the 1993 NCAA Women’s Final Four, hosted by Georgia Tech. Her marketing strategy resulted in the first-ever Women’s Final Four advance sellout of the Championship in Phillips Arena. McGlade also developed the GTAA strategic plan for the 1996 Olympic Games hosted in Atlanta, where Ga Tech served as the Olympic Village.

In between her stints at Georgia Tech and the Atlantic 10, McGlade spent 11 years at the Atlantic Coast Conference office as a Senior Associate Commissioner.  She is credited with the transformational growth of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament generating record attendance, ticket sales and noteworthy educational programming for elementary and middle school students throughout N.C. McGlade founded the South Atlantic Women’s Basketball Officiating (SAWBO) program for the ACC and three other Division I conferences which continues to operate.

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