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Robert Vowels is UDM’s new director of Athletics

VowelsAs UDM’s new director of Athletics, Robert C. Vowels will oversee the 19 men’s and women’s athletic teams in the University’s Division I intercollegiate athletic program.

The former NCAA vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs was responsible for the educational programs designed to improve student-athlete well-being, leadership development and inclusion.

Prior to that position, Vowels served as the commissioner of two intercollegiate athletic conferences at Division I (Southwestern Athletic Conference [SWAC]) and Division II (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference [SIAC]) programs. He also worked as an associate commissioner at the Big Ten Conference and assistant athletic director for compliance at Vanderbilt University.

While at the SWAC, Vowels revised the conference’s

strategic plan, compliance programs, championships and corporate alliance programs to make them more efficient.

During his time at SIAC, Vowels oversaw the expansion of the conference to 11 institutions and negotiated the first multi-year SIAC football and basketball television agreement with Urban Sports and Entertainment.

Vowels also served on the Division I Management Council, Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, Division I Football Board of Directors and the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association (CCA). He also served as chair of the Minorities Opportunities and Interest Committee. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Duke University where he was a full scholarship football student-athlete and his Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Other recent leadership appointments


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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