December 4-5, 2018
New York, NY

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Bernadette McGlade

Commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference

One of the most well-respected and experienced leaders in Division I athletics, Bernadette V. McGlade is in her 11th year as the Atlantic 10 Commissioner.

Hired in 2008, McGlade began working to shape the A-10 image and branding as one of the top 10 conferences in the country. McGlade negotiated a media rights package that enhanced the distribution, exposure and revenues for the conference through national media partners ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN. That exposure has expanded with Stadium and ESPN+. 

She spearheaded partnerships with Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., to hold the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship in large media markets and destination cities.


McGlade is serving a five-year appointment through 2022 on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee. She has also served on the NCAA Division I Council, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee and the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Committee, which she chaired.

Prior to the A-10, she spent 28 years at the ACC and Georgia Tech. She was hired as women’s basketball coach in 1981 at the age of 23, becoming the first, full-time female coach at Georgia Tech. McGlade moved into administration and was the Tournament Director for the 1993 NCAA Women’s Final Four, and was appointed to develop a Strategic Plan for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. At the ACC she transformed the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, resulting in capacity crowds, while designing an extensive educational outreach program.  She also founded the South Atlantic Women’s Basketball Officiating program.

McGlade has been recognized as the WBCA National Administrator of the Year and the YWCA of Greensboro, N.C., presented her with the Kay Yow Outstanding Female in Sports award. A member of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and the South Jersey Women's Basketball Hall of Fames, she was named an ACC Legend by UNC as a player in 2010 and by Georgia Tech as a coach in 2012, becoming the first person named an ACC Legend as both a player and coach. She also was honored by NACWAA as an Administrator of the Year and selected as a of Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changer.”

A native of Gloucester City, N.J., McGlade earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina.

Thursday, December 06

The Changing Face of College Basketball

The problems in college basketball are broad and complex. The Commission on College Basketball made recommendations to clean up the game. Panelists will weigh in on the proposed solutions – the elimination of the “one and done” rule; lifetime bans on coaches caught cheating; cracking down on amateur recruiting events; and more transparency on the financial deals with apparel companies.

Moderator: Dana O'Neil, Senior Writer, The Athletic
Val Ackerman, Commissioner, Big East Conference
Jeff Hathaway, Special Assistant to the President for Athletics, Hofstra University
Bernadette McGlade, Commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference
Jim Phillips, Athletic Director, Northwestern University
John Thompson III, Board of Directors, NABC Coaches, and College Sports Analyst, ESPN