GREENWOOD, Ind. --- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) has selected Maureen A. Harty as the conference's third Commissioner. Harty will follow Christopher Ragsdale who announced in October that he will retire from the position on June 30.
Harty, who will assume her new duties in July, has been an administrator with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis since 2012. In her position as Associate Director for Academic and Membership Services, she served as a member of the Division III, Division I and Institutional Performance Program teams and was a staff liaison to the Division III Championships Committee.
In addition, she has served as liaison to several Division III and Division I conferences as well as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, National Fastpitch Coaches Association and National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
"We welcome Maureen Harty to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as its commissioner," said Dr. Richanne C. Mankey, president of Defiance College and incoming chair of the HCAC Council of Presidents, "The presidents of the conference collegiate members and the search committee believe that she will continue the good work of Christopher Ragsdale who has given much visibility to our conference. Her extensive higher ed experience combined with her recent work at the NCAA will be beneficial to the conference and each of its ten member schools."
Current Council chair and president of Bluffton University, Dr. James M. Harder, noted, "The HCAC will continue to be a strong and vibrant conference under the direction of Maureen Harty. At the same time, we are deeply grateful to Chris Ragsdale for his decade of outstanding leadership resulting in significant growth and development of the conference. The HCAC is very fortunate to have the continuity of two exceptional Division III professionals."
Dr. Thomas J. Minar, president of Franklin College and chair of the search committee, said of the new commissioner, "Maureen Harty will help move HCAC to a new level of competition internally and nationally. Our presidents see in her a great strategic partner to help advance our institutions and our student athletes."
Harty was previously at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she served for 11 years, most recently as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Academic Services and Student Development, preceded by Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance and Director of Compliance.
She was Director of Athletics and Recreation and Head Women's Tennis and Softball Coach at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., and then added Assistant Dean of Students to her responsibilities. Harty also served as Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind.
Harty was an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis where she taught in the Bachelor of Sports Management Program. At Northwestern University, she was a Lecturer in the Master of Sports Administration Program and instructor in the Undergraduate Leadership Program.
"I am truly honored and excited to be the next Commissioner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference," said Harty. "I would like to thank all of the Heartland presidents for their support and vote of confidence, and especially Dr. Mankey of Defiance College and Dr. Minar of Franklin College for their efforts throughout the search process. I look forward to working with all the Heartland institutions in helping to provide an outstanding student-athlete experience on each campus.
"Finally, I would like to congratulate Chris Ragsdale on his retirement and thank him for 10 years of dedicated service to the HCAC. I am humbled to be following in his footsteps."
She has served on the College Athletics and the Law Board of Advisors since 2011 and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators. She is a member of the National Association of Athletic Compliance, and for many years was an Observer of Women's Basketball Officials for the Big Ten Conference.
In 1998, she represented the United States on an Athletic Delegation to South Africa as part of the People to People Ambassador Program.
Harty earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Dominican University and a Master of Science in Recreation A.B.T. from the University of Kentucky. She holds a bachelor of science in physical education with a concentration in commercial sports from Colorado State University where she was a women's golf student-athlete.
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference was founded and began operation in 1987 as the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) and presently consists of ten academic institutions in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Member schools include Anderson University, Bluffton University, Defiance College, Earlham College, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester University, Mount St. Joseph University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Transylvania University.