Dowden accepts new NAIA leadership role, will influence location of new headquarters

Huntington, Ind.—The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is considering Fort Wayne as a possible location for its new headquarters, and a local college president will play a key role in that decision.

Huntington College president G. Blair Dowden has been elected chairman of the Council of Presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He will officially assume his new responsibilities with the first Council meeting January 10-11, but has already taken an active leadership role as president-elect.

Among his assignments has been service on a committee charged with studying the relocation of the NAIA headquarters, currently in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Among the many communities considered, the field was narrowed to five finalist cities, including Fort Wayne, Indiana. Site visits were made in October and November. The committee will make its final recommendation to the administrative board next week.*

Dowden has represented the NAIA’s Mid-Central Conference on the Council of Presidents since 1997. He has recently served on the Administrative Committee.

Dowden has served as president of Huntington College since 1991. During his tenure, enrollment has grown by 65%, several new academic programs have been launched, two residence halls have been built, and a new 91,000-square-foot science facility is currently under construction. Dowden is an avid sports fan and a distance runner.

Huntington College student-athletes participate in 14 sports for men and women. Last year, the Foresters men’s basketball team earned a berth in the NAIA national championship and competed successfully through the Final Four.

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