Dec. 19, 2017
Cora H. Brumley
Commissioner, Little East Conference
Number of years in your position: Four years as of November 18th
Hometown: Born in Chicago (IL) and raised in Madison (WI)…thus my conflicting pro sport allegiances (Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers)
Twitter handle: @LECCommish
Why did you become involved in NADIIIAA and what has the experience been like so far?
NADIIIAA is the brain trust of Division III. To my mind, NADIIIAA serves two important purposes that are fundamental for professionals to stay relevant in this industry. The first purpose is to serve as a trusted group of colleagues you can depend upon as a sounding board. The second purpose is to facilitate timely, expert education on the ever-changing landscape of higher education and intercollegiate athletics.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?
Providing meaningful opportunities for students/professionals to make their aspirations reality and strengthening the organizations I’ve served.
What is the most important skill you have developed in your career?
Patience…the word “no” usually means “not right now”.
What is your favorite part of being involved in DIII athletics?
Providing students a memorable collegiate experience and a comparative advantage upon graduation.
If you didn’t have a career in DIII athletics administration, what would you be doing?
I envision the evolution of my career will involve serving students that self-identify as belonging to one (or more) historically underrepresented groups and protecting their rights in more intentional, policy setting role.
What is your favorite place to visit?
Anywhere I haven’t yet been to…I love to travel and explore! If I had to choose, Sardenia.
What is your favorite sporting event you have ever attended?
Lambeau Field…11/23/97…on a sunny, but frigid day…the Packers CRUSHED the Cowboys, 45-17. To provide context, in the ’90s the Pack went 1-9 vs Dallas and only had two home games. I dined at Brett Farve’s Steakhouse the evening prior, had VIP tailgate passes to the game (thanks to my broadcast radio job) and of course, enjoyed the incomparable hospitality of the Green & Gold faithful. It was the perfect comprehensive fan experience, complete with victory over a despised rival!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
When I was a graduate student, Forest Perkins (UW-Whitewater’s AD for 12 years and Football Coach for 29 years) told me, “Never get old and you can’t be everyone’s friend.” I interpreted that advice as (a) always keep learning /adapting and (b), leadership and popularity are often at odds. His advice has proven to be spot on.
About NADIIIAA: NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. A primary purpose of NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.