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Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano.
Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano is the new president of the Division III Commissioners Association after completing his term as the association’s vice president. He will serve as president through the NCAA Convention in January 2012.
Mitrano, who is also a member of the NCAA Convention Planning Committee, has been an active member of the DIIICA since becoming Empire 8 commissioner in 2001. The DIIICA works closely with affiliated groups, including NACDA, NADIIIAA, NACWAA and Division III Independents.
Mitrano also serves as commissioner of the single-sport (men’s volleyball) United Volleyball Conference.
He has been an influential leader in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics and leadership. Mitrano moderated a unique Hazing Summit at the NCAA Convention in 2007 and continues to serve as the director of collegiate partnerships for National Sportsmanship Day.
He was named one of the “100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America” by the Institute of International Sport in November 2007. The Empire 8 was also the first athletics conference in any division or level to be named an “All-American Sportsmanship Conference” by that organization.
Mitrano was selected as the ECAC Josten’s Male Administrator of the Year in 2008. He was the first male commissioner from the ECAC membership to earn that distinction.
The Empire 8 consists of Alfred University, Elmira College, Hartwick College, Ithaca College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, Stevens Institute of Technology and Utica College.