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Commissioner Charles F. McClelland / Southwestern Athletic Conference

Commissioner Charles F. McClelland

Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)

Dr. Charles F. McClelland was named the sixth Commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference during the summer of 2018. Highly regarded as one of the top sports administrators in the country McClelland currently oversees a conference with a total of twelve member institutions (effective 2021-22 academic year) which boast 18 sports which compete at the NCAA Division I level and Football (FCS).

Under his watch the Southwestern Athletic Conference has been at the forefront of league expansions with the additions of Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman in the Summer of 2020. Beginning with the 2021-22 academic year the Southwestern Athletic Conference will have 12 total members spanning across six states including three members based in Mississippi (Alcorn State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State), two in Alabama (Alabama A&M, Alabama State), two in Louisiana (Grambling State, Southern), two in Texas (Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern), one in Arkansas (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), and two in Florida (Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman).

In addition to his duties at the league office, McClelland was selected as a member of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee in March of 2019. The 10-member committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. Conferences are divided among committee members so they can focus on monitoring assigned teams throughout the season. Committee members, with the exception of the chair, have conferences for which they serve as either the primary or secondary monitor.

A 1993 graduate of Prairie View A&M, McClelland earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 1997 received an MBA from Prairie View. He earned his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University in 2011.

McClelland is married to Ashlee McClelland and is the father of two sons, Cainan and Ashton and one daughter, Cooper.