NEW ALBANY, Ind. – River States Conference Council of Presidents Chair Dr. Ray Wallace announced today that former Oregon Institute of Technology Director of Athletics Michael Schell has been named the new RSC Commissioner.
“The Presidents and Chancellors of the 13 institutions from five states represented in the River States Conference were impressed by Schell’s credentials,” said Wallace. “We look forward to working closely with our new Commissioner to make our conference an even stronger NAIA powerhouse.”
Schell served 14 years as Director of Athletics at Oregon Tech and six years as Assistant Director prior to that. An official start date will be set once relocation logistics are better known.
“I am honored to have been chosen the Commissioner of the River States Conference,” Schell said. “The River States Conference member schools have a strong foundation, and I am excited to represent them in our pursuit to be one of the best conferences in the NAIA. “
Schell becomes just the second full-time commissioner in the more than 100-year history of the conference. He replaces Scott McClure, who was the first full-time commissioner from 2015-17.
Joe Glover, Director of Athletics at RSC member IU Southeast, has been serving as RSC Interim Commissioner since August 2017. He will continue to assist the conference during the transition of leadership.
A native of Oregon, Schell earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Oregon Tech in 1995.
At Oregon Tech, Schell oversaw the Athletics Department, which included 13 intercollegiate sports, club sports, intramural sports, a recreation center and outdoor program operations.
During his tenure, student-athletes at Oregon Tech increased their combined GPA from 3.10 to 3.39 with all 13 teams garnering NAIA Scholar Team honors (3.0+ Team GPA).
Schell oversaw a $2 million-dollar artificial turf project for the Oregon Tech soccer field and several other facility improvement projects while at OIT. He also saw his teams win four NAIA national championships along with many national championship appearances and conference titles.
Schell was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Athletic Director of the Year on three occasions and was named the NAIA/Region I Athletic Director of the Year in one of those years. He received Oregon Tech’s President’s Staff Award for “outstanding contributions to the university” in 1998-99 and the Student Affairs Department Most Valuable Partner award in 2014.
Schell worked closely with the Cascade Collegiate Conference. He served roles as Council of Athletic Directors Chair, Conference Secretary and Conference Treasurer. In addition, he chaired the Constitution & By Laws and Budget and Finance Committees.
About the River States Conference
The River States Conference was established in 1916 and is the oldest conference in the NAIA. It was known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for 100 years from 1916-2016 before a name change and re-branding took place July 1, 2016. The new name best reflects the current conference membership, which includes 13 schools in five states: Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The River States Conference sponsors championships in 17 sports with eight in men’s sports and nine in women’s sports.
RSC members include Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College, Asbury (Ky.) University, Brescia (Ky.) University, Carlow (Pa.) University, Cincinnati Christian University, Indiana University East, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana University Southeast, Midway (Ky.) University, Ohio Christian University, Point Park (Pa.) University, University of Rio Grande and WVU Tech.
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