PORTLAND, Ore. —The Cascade Collegiate Conference approved Multnomah University’s membership application this week, moving the Lions one step closer toward conference participation during the 2015-16 season.
MU’s membership in the CCC is contingent on admission to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. MU will apply to the NAIA in September, and a decision is expected next spring.
“It is a great honor for Multnomah to be accepted into the Cascade Collegiate Conference,” said Dr. Wayne Strickland, interim president of Multnomah University. “We could not be more pleased to be associated with such a prestigious conference, and we look forward to building lasting and meaningful relationships.
“Joining the CCC greatly boosts the overall excitement we’re building around our athletics department and intercollegiate programs, and we believe the partnership is beneficial for the growth of our university. As we now turn our efforts toward joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, we are humbled and thankful for the CCC’s vote of confidence and support.”
In addition to giving Multnomah the green light, the CCC Council of Presidents approved Walla Walla University’s application for membership.
“We are very pleased to admit both WWU and MU,” said Council of Presidents Chair Dr. Bob Davies. “Both institutions have shown, through the application process and in our review, a commitment to intercollegiate athletics and the student athlete experience.”
“Gaining in membership has been a key focus the last couple of years for our conference,” added Commissioner Rob Cashell. “Our desire is to be at 12 full members in our Pacific Northwest footprint.”
Currently, Multnomah is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. The Lions compete in men’s basketball and women’s volleyball and will be adding the following sports this fall: women’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross country.
About Multnomah University
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education located in Portland, Oregon, with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada, and Seattle, Washington. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.