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Atlantic 10 Commissioner receives five year contract extension

Commissioner Bernadette McGlade's contract extended until 2018

Bernadette McGlade with Saint Louis Forward Dwayne Evans
Bernadette McGlade with Saint Louis Forward Dwayne Evans

The Atlantic 10 Council of Presidents approved an extension of Commissioner Bernadette McGlade's contract through 2018. McGlade just finished her fifth season as commissioner of the Atlantic 10 conference. McGlade became commissioner of the A-10 conference after serving as associate commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The move comes at a time of great instability with the conference. The A-10 lost Temple to the American Athletic Conference, Charlotte to Conference USA and Xavier and Butler to the Big East Conference. Rumors continue to circulate that Saint Louis and Dayton could leave the A-10 as early as next year. However, the conference has brought in George Mason University and Davidson College ( George Mason for the 2013-2014 season and Davidson for the 2014-2015 season).

During her tenure, Commissioner McGlade has:

  • Secured an eight-year partnership with ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Group for its media and television rights starting in the 2013-2014 season
  • Added Butler, Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason and Davidson to their conference (Butler left after one year)
  • Moved the men's basketball conference championship to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn
  • Secured a television coverage for the men's basketball conference tournament championship to be aired on CBS before Selection Sunday
"She has done a terrific job of guiding the conference through a period of significant change, greatly enhancing its visibility and strengthening still further its longstanding commitment to the ideal of the student-athlete," said Steven Knapp, George Washington University President and Chair of the A-10 Council of Presidents, in a press release announcing the extension.

The financial terms of the contract were not released.