CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NCAA Division III Membership Committee has officially approved the Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus for an exploratory membership, the school announced Friday.

The university’s process for full NCAA membership will begin in the 2021-22 academic year. It takes four years to complete.

“The NCAA DIII philosophy for athletics is a great fit for our campus culture,” says Trudi Lacy, director of athletics. “Joining JWU in a commitment to inclusion and gender equity as a core value in having student athletes, coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. That philosophy also aligns with the four tenets that characterize what it means to be a Wildcat, both in athletic competitions and in the classroom; Pride, Courage, Character and Community – The Wildcat Way.”

Officials say joining the DIII program will help JWU Charlotte in expanding its athletics program and enhancing the overall experience for student athletes.

Cheryl Richards, Ph.D., president, says, “This designation will allow us to attract a new population of student athletes seeking academic challenges while continuing to participate in their selected sport. Division III student athletes compete not for financial rewards, but for the love of the game. JWU Charlotte will now afford them the opportunity to participate in other activities, on and off campus, creating a more complete and exceptional student experience.”

According to a release, JWU Charlotte will retain dual membership with the United State Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) during its three year provisional membership with the NCAA.


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