Newman University is full member in the MIAA

Jun 29, 2022
Newman gains full membership in MIAA

Newman University has officially been accepted as a full member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). After spending three seasons as associate members of the conference, the Newman Jets are joined by Rogers State University as new additions to the MIAA, joining 12 other member institutions.

Our coaches and student-athletes have worked very hard for this over the last three years.”

Newman University Athletics Director Joanna Pryor
Joanna Pryor

Newman Director of Athletics Joanna Pryor said the news is the culmination of a lot of effort and a long-held dream.

“Membership into the MIAA has been something that Newman University Athletics has had an interest in for a decade. We are extremely honored and excited to be accepted into full membership of the MIAA. Our coaches and student-athletes have worked very hard for this over the last three years. We are up for the challenge and ready to represent Newman University and the MIAA both on and off the field.” 

“I would like to thank the MIAA CEOs, ADs, SWAs, FARs, and the conference office for their work in the membership process and for allowing Newman University to showcase why we are a great university. Last but not least, I would like to thank President Jagger for her support of Newman Athletics and her vision for the future.”

The Jets joined the MIAA along with the Rogers State Hillcats in 2019-20 as associate members. After a vote by member presidents this month, both were accepted to full membership.

Newman is MIAA’s ONLY private institution

Newman University President Kathleen Jagger issued this statement: “Newman is proud and excited to become a full member of the Division II MIAA conference, one in which striving for excellence both on and off the field, court, or other performance location is expected. Although we are the only private school in the conference, we welcome the competition from other larger conference schools, and are confident we can live up to the MIAA conference standards.

Dr. Kathleen Jagger, President of Newman University
Kathleen S. Jagger

“This opportunity is consistent with one of the primary focuses of our new strategic plan, providing an exceptional student experience to foster student success. Since nearly 40% of our undergraduate students are intercollegiate athletes, the athletic experience constitutes a major emphasis for many of our students in the degree of difference they experience. We are proud of our Newman players, coaches, and athletic administration led by our exceptional AD, Joanna Pryor, for reaching this membership goal. Through our associate membership period, we have seen healthy rivalries emerge from conference play. We expect these to grow and flourish.

“Newman is grateful for the support of the MIAA administration, Mike Racy and his staff, and for the thoughtful consideration given us by leadership of other conference schools.” Racy is the MIAA commissioner.

Fourteen Newman sports will participate for MIAA championships. Women’s Bowling will participate as an associate member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

MIAA Commissioner Perspective

Mike Racy, MIAA Commissioner (courtesy MIAA)

“The MIAA CEO Council’s action this week culminated two years of study and discussion about membership and the strategic direction of the MIAA as the preeminent regional conference in NCAA Division II,” said Racy. 

“Newman’s and Rogers State’s geographic fit for current MIAA members, their broad sports offerings and our shared philosophy and values of NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics make both institutions great additions to the MIAA family. We are excited to welcome NU and RSU as new members, and to identify Wichita and Tulsa as new communities with MIAA institutions.”

Newman’s MIAA connection

Newman was founded in 1933 and is located in Wichita, Kansas. The Jets have competed as an associate member in MIAA wrestling since 2013. Thirteen more sports began competing in the MIAA in 2019-20.  As of July 1, 2022, Newman University will have full membership in the MIAA for the same 14 teams. To visit Newman’s Athletic website, click here.

Logs of schools in the MIAA
Logos for the institutions of the MIAA

Rogers State was founded in 1909 and is located in Claremore, Oklahoma. The Hillcats join Newman as full MIAA members. RSU added athletics in 2005 and was approved for NCAA Division II membership in 2011 after competing in the NAIA. To visit the Rogers State Athletic website, click here.

The MIAA is one of the nation’s oldest conferences and one of the most successful in NCAA Division II. The conference dates all the way back to 1912. The MIAA has its own streaming network called The MIAA Network. Find more information about the association here.