As the third full-time Commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Jacqie McWilliams is the first African-American female ever to hold the position. She leads all strategic planning for the conference, working closely with the 12 member institutions and the board of directors and staff to support the advancement of student athletes and managing 14 CIAA championships.
Ms. McWilliams spent nine years at the NCAA, managing NCAA championships, to include serving as Director of the Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2006-2009 and the Division I Men’s Basketball tournament (2007-2012). Ms. McWilliams also has experience in administration, facilities and operations, compliance and governance, human resource and external operations. She was a former student-athlete at Hampton University where she was a member of the 1988 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship team, and the 1987 and 1990 CIAA volleyball championship teams.
Ms. McWilliams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hampton University in 1991, a Master of Arts in Sports Management and Administration from Temple University in 1993. In 2006, Ms. McWilliams was inducted into Temple University’s Gallery of Success and was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Sierra High School Hall of Fame, in Colorado. She currently serves on the board of directors for Women Leaders in College Sports, the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards (CWSA), and the NCAA Board Ad Hoc Committee for Cultural Diversity. She was appointed to the John B. McLendon Scholarship Foundation Board. She recently completed her term as chair of NCAA DII Management Council and her appointment to the NCAA Board of Governors.
Ms. McWilliams is a motivational speaker, an active member of the Charlotte Crown Jewels Links Chapter and Central Church of God. A native of Colorado Springs, Ms. McWilliams is the proud mother of Samone, age 11.