TOWSON, Md. - The presidents of the Landmark Conference member institutions have unanimously selected Katie Boldvich as its full-time commissioner following an extensive national search. She will begin her duties on July 1, 2019. Boldvich, one of 18 female conference commissioners in NCAA Division III athletics, has served for this past year as the commissioner of the New England Collegiate Conference.
Boldvich will provide leadership to a group of eight NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic institutions that are independent, private, co-educational, four-year institutions with residential focuses committed to excellence in academic and athletic pursuits. Boldvich will serve as the chief operating officer and will report to the executive board made up of the presidents of each of the member institutions.
“We are excited to have attracted Katie to the Landmark Conference as our next commissioner," said Jim Troha, president of Juniata College and chair of the Landmark Conference Board of Presidents. "She has an exceptional, and unique, skill set that will serve our conference and student-athletes well,” Troha added, “I would like to thank the search committee for their efforts and, in particular, Dr. Bryon Grigsby and Dr. Pam Samuelson who served as co-chairs of the search.”
Boldvich graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Marketing Communication and Hearing and Deafness. She was also a Division III student-athlete, playing both soccer and softball and served as captain on both teams.
"I am humbled and excited to begin my tenure as the next commissioner of the Landmark Conference,” stated Boldvich. “I would like to thank the presidents of the conference and the search committee for sharing in my vision for the future of the league and providing me this opportunity to lead. The Landmark is a benchmark Division III conference both regionally and nationally and aligns with my own philosophies and experiences as a Division III student-athlete.” Boldvich continued, “I look forward to working with the presidents, administrators, coaches, and student-athletes alike and can't wait to get started."
The Landmark Conference is committed to developing high quality programs for all student-athlete participants. The quality of the intercollegiate athletics programs is representative of the stature of the member institutions. They include: The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; Drew University in Madison, NJ; Elizabethtown in Elizabethtown, PA; Goucher College in Baltimore, MD; Juniata College in Huntington, PA; Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA; The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA; and Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA.
The Landmark Conference is committed to the NCAA Division III philosophy with a focus on the educational mission of athletics in higher education. Each of the institutions places a high priority on integrating the educational and athletic experience. In support of the NCAA Division III philosophy, intercollegiate athletic participation is encouraged at all institutions by offering students a wide variety of varsity athletic opportunities. Student-athletes are treated the same as other students in terms of admission, academic advising, course selection, living and dining accommodations and financial aid, receiving no special privileges. Each of the conference members have committed to broad based athletics support and all sports receive appropriate, equal emphasis and enjoy suitable competition.