The Frontier Conference of the NAIA has announced that Dr. Scott Crawford will become their next commissioner. Crawford currently serves as the commissioner of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference a position he has held since 2007. Prior to this time, Dr. Crawford served as the commissioner for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, as an assistant commissioner for the Mid-South Conference, and a variety of other athletic-related positions.

A native of Idaho, Crawford stated, “I am thrilled to return to the Northwest accepting this new challenge and assume the day-to-day leadership of the Frontier Conference with the energy and enthusiasm it deserves. I thank Dr. John Cech, Dr. Les Cook, and the other members of the Frontier Conference’s Council of Presidents for extending this opportunity to me. I will strive to honor the legacy of past commissioners of the Frontier Conference, including my friend Kent Paulson, in my approach to growing the Conference in terms of membership, sport expansion, and overall profile.”

Dr. Scott Crawford
Dr. Scott Crawford

Crawford has served in a variety of leadership roles in the NAIA including chair of the NAIA Conference Commissioners Association. He is currently Chair of the NAIA’s National Coordinating Committee. Inducted into the Kansas Collegiate Officials Hall of Fame as well as being recognized as the NAIA’s Administrator of the Year in 2012-13, Crawford is also engaged in his community as a former member of the Board of Education for the Maize School District and participant in the Leadership Wichita Class of 2016. Crawford holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Utah. He has a Master of Science Degree in Sport Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development both from the University of Louisville.

Crawford will replace Kent Paulson, who began his tenure in 2009 and is the longest-serving commissioner of the Conference. Commissioner Crawford will take off his KCAC hat at the end of August and will put on his Frontier Conference hat on September 1.

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