Join us at The Williams Bookstore with author Dan Covell, who will present and discuss his new book The New England Small College Athletic Conference. Established in 1971 to strengthen intercollegiate sports in harmony with the high academic standards of its members—11 prestigious liberal arts colleges—the NESCAC is committed to equity and inclusion in athletic programs, and to providing only need-based financial aid. The Conference’s reputation attracts many gifted student athletes. Drawing extensively on campus archives, media reports and interviews, this book compares the NESCAC’s lofty strategy to reality, with a focus on recruiting, admissions, financial aid and diversity goals.
Dan Covell is a professor of sport management in the College of Business at Western New England University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Bowdoin College in 1986 (where he also lettered in football). After working in public and private secondary education as a coach, teacher and athletic administrator, Covell earned his MS in sport management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass) in 1995. After a one-year administrative internship in Harvard University athletic department, Covell then earned his PhD from UMass in 1999.His primary research interests are management issues in intercollegiate and secondary school athletics, with a recent track toward historical perspectives on these issues. Books will be on hand for sale and signing. The event is free and open to the public.