- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi University for Women has started its first step toward a potential rebirth of its athletics program.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1KcrhnD) university President Jim Borsig announced the university will start the search for an athletic director during a convocation on Monday.

Borsig, in a news release, said Professor Emerita of Philosophy Rita Hinton will serve as the interim faculty athletics representative during the organization stage. Hinton filled the same role when MUW ended its intercollegiate athletics programs in 2002 after a tornado destroyed a primary sports venue.

At the time, MUW was a member of the Gulf South Conference and competed in basketball, softball, volleyball, track and field, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and badminton.

Monday’s announcement comes after campus-wide support for the return to athletics and the recommendations of a study by Atlanta-based Athletics Staffing and Consultants.



“Participants in wide-ranging discussions have expressed the belief that athletics will enhance the student life experience at The W and bring increased vitality to campus,” Borsig said. “We believe athletics will have long-term benefits for our students and for our university.”

Borsig said MUW will start its new effort from scratch and develop a strategy, timetable and the next steps after naming an athletic director.

“This is a commitment to launch a multi-year effort that seeks our return to intercollegiate athletics, incorporating both women’s and men’s sports,” he said.

He said success would depend on identifying membership in an appropriate conference, enhancing and building sports facilities and generating private support to grow athletic programs.

“Participants in wide-ranging discussions have expressed the belief that athletics will enhance the student life experience at The W and bring increased vitality to campus,” Borsig said. “We believe athletics will have long-term benefits for our students and for our university.”

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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