VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Board of Directors has announced that Cory Anderson has been selected as the inaugural commissioner of this new National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) athletic conference.
Anderson comes to the NSAA with over 25 years of experience in coaching, higher education, the private sector, and non-profit administration, including his most recent position as the Executive Director of the James River Family YMCA in Jamestown, ND. A 1989 graduate of Valley City State University (VCSU), Anderson worked in several capacities over the next 19 years in higher education. He served as the head baseball and an assistant football coach at VCSU with additional responsibilities in Enrollment Services, Sports Information, and Athletic Administration. Anderson previously served as a chair and rater for the North Dakota Collegiate Athletic Conference, Dakota Athletic Conference, and NAIA Region III. In 2005, he was recognized as the first recipient of the NAIA Coach of Character Award for Region III.
Dr. Steve Shirley, president of Valley City State University and organizing chair of the NSAA stated, “We are so pleased that Cory Anderson is joining the NSAA as its first commissioner. Cory brings a tremendous breadth and depth of relevant experiences to our new conference. We anticipate a bright future and continued growth within the North Star that will benefit student-athletes and supporters of all our institutions, and are confident in Cory’s abilities to lead the conference forward.”
“I am honored to be selected as the next commissioner of the North Star Athletic Association,” commented commissioner-to-be Anderson. “It is an exciting opportunity to work with student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans in growing the NSAA. I plan to use my years of experience to enhance the opportunities for each conference member and to make a positive difference in the future development of the conference.”
In serving as commissioner of the North Star Athletic Association, Anderson will lead a conference of five colleges and universities that announced in April their intention to form a new NAIA athletic conference in the Upper Midwest. The NSAA will commence with the start of the 2013-14 academic year. The NAIA recently officially recognized the establishment of the North Star as its newest affiliated conference. The five charter members of the North Star Athletic Association include:
- Dakota State University (Madison, S.D.)
- Jamestown College (Jamestown, N.D.)
- Mayville State University (Mayville, N.D.)
- Presentation College (Aberdeen, S.D.)
- Valley City State University (Valley City, N.D.)
- Dickinson State University (N.D.) has accepted an invitation to become the sixth member of the NSAA beginning July 1, 2014.
**The NSAA today also officially unveiled its new logo, included with this press release.