ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) announced Wednesday, May 27, that the College of St. Scholastica will formally withdraw as a member of the conference, effective with the end of the 2020-2021 academic year (June 30, 2021).
St. Scholastica is the second-longest-standing member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and has participated in the UMAC for nearly four decades.
“We are disappointed to see the College of St. Scholastica leave the UMAC,” said UMAC Commissioner Corey Borchardt. “St. Scholastica has been a leader in our conference in many different aspects and has significantly contributed to the growth and development of the UMAC. St. Scholastica has had a positive impact on the increased competitiveness of the UMAC at the conference, regional and national levels.”
St. Scholastica played a key role in the UMAC transition to NCAA Division III membership in 2008-09. Since that time, St. Scholastica has consistently competed for conference regular season and post-season tournament championships and represented the conference frequently in the NCAA Division III Championships.
“The College of St. Scholastica has long influenced the direction and progress of the UMAC during its time as a member,” said Dr. Joel Wiggins, President of Crown College and Chair of the UMAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors. “The UMAC has shown resiliency throughout its history in navigating membership change. We’re focused on the future of the UMAC and confident of its future success.”
The UMAC plans to proceed as a conference of eight full members beginning with the 2021-2022 academic year and will engage established conference committees to address the impact of the membership change including future conference schedules. The conference will continue to fulfill its strategic plan that supports a long-term vision for enhancing UMAC membership.