2021 SVG SPIRIT Diversity & Inclusion Workshop


Jacqueline McWilliams, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), Commissioner

Jacqie McWilliams is in her 9th season of serving as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) commissioner. She was the first female to serve as commissioner for the CIAA and first appointed African American commissioner representing NCAA Division I, II and III.

McWilliams spent nine years at the NCAA managing NCAA championships to include both Division II and III Championships, as well as both the men’s and women’s Division I Basketball tournaments. She started her career in coaching, compliance, and administration at Virginia Union University with career growth opportunities at the CIAA, Norfolk State University, and Morgan State University prior to the NCAA.

McWilliams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in sports management and administration from Temple University. She was a two-sport athlete at Hampton. McWilliams was a member of the Hampton University 1988 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship team, Freshmen player of the year in 1988, and player of the year for CIAA Volleyball in 1990. She was selected as a member of the 2013 class for “Women in Sports Business Journal Game Changer.” McWilliams was also inducted into the Hampton University Hall of Fame, Temple University’s Gallery of Success, and the Sierra High School Hall of Fame.

McWilliams is the past president for Women Leaders in College Sports (2019 – 2020) and current member of the board. She serves on the board of directors for the John B. McLendon Scholarship Foundation Board, Samaritan’s Feet International, Doug Williams Center Advisory Board, Return of Inclusion Advisory Board, and the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force. Additionally, she served as the chair of the NCAA DII Management Council, and as a member of the NCAA Board of Governors and NCAA Cultural Diversity Committee. McWilliams has received numerous awards for her leadership and contributions to the community.

McWilliams is a woman of faith, a motivational speaker, and an active member of the CharlotteCrown Jewels Links Chapter of Charlotte and Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple (VA).

Current Commissioner’s Committees and Boards:

  • Past President of Women Leaders in College Sports
  • NCAA Board of Governors FSLWG Committee on Name, Image and Likeness
  • NCAA Gender Equity Task Force
  • John B. McLendon Foundation Board
  • Samaritan’s Feet International Board Member
  • Doug Williams Center Advisory Board
  • Return of Inclusion Advisory Board
  • Member of the Crown Jewels Link of Charlotte

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