Salem Community College is forming a Sports Advisory Council to engage in an “open conversation” about the potential of reinstating the athletics program, according to SCC President Michael Gorman.
“The Sports Advisory Council will offer community reflection on the athletics feasibility study completed earlier this year,” continued Gorman, who will lead the group. “I believe in the importance of engaging in a wider discussion before we decide whether it’s practical to reinstate at least some men and women’s teams in the 2018-2019 academic year.”
The council will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. in Donaghay Hall, Room DON-106. Gorman will carefully consider council members’ input in preparing his recommendation to the Board of Trustees in November.
“Whether our recommendation is to reinstate athletics or maintain the status quo, we will openly share the rationale for our decision,” said Gorman.
The feasibility study was prepared by Nyere Miller, who previously served as SCC’s athletics coordinator and coach.
SCC competed in women’s soccer, men's and women's basketball, and baseball through the 2013-2014 academic year. Those funds were reallocated to improve student retention and completion programs. As recently as 2012-2013, SCC also fielded teams in men’s soccer, softball and golf.
Community members interested in serving on the Sports Advisory Council should call the Office of the President at 856.351.2601.