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Carlton Named American Southwest Conference Commissioner
February 8, 2007

RICHARDSON, Texas –– Amy Carlton has been named Commissioner of the NCAA Division III affiliated American Southwest Conference after serving in an interim commissioner role since July 1, 2006, the ASC Council of Presidents announced on Thursday (Feb. 8).

“Amy Carlton served the American Southwest Conference well as the Assistant Commissioner and Interim Commissioner,” said East Texas Baptist University President Dr. Bob Riley, who is President of the ASC Council of Presidents. “The ASC Council of Presidents voted to name her Commissioner and we believe that under Amy’s leadership, we can achieve the ASC goal of becoming the premiere NCAA Division III conference.”

Carlton, 47, becomes the second full-time commissioner of the ASC following Fred Jacoby, who retired in June 2006 after guiding the ASC for 10 years as the league's first commissioner (1996-2006). Carlton joined the ASC staff as Director of Media Relations in January 2002 and was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in May 2003.

“Along with Mr. Jacoby, Amy was always there with the data we needed and that made an impression on us,” Riley added. “She always seemed astute and contributed when called upon. Fred gave her a strong recommendation – and that meant a lot to us because of the amount of respect we have for him.”

Carlton becomes one of 12 women who serve as commissioner of an NCAA Division III conference, guiding the largest conference among the 12.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the American Southwest Conference,” Carlton said. “I look forward to the challenge of working in a conference that is competitive athletically and that strives to provide its student-athletes with an athletic experience that matches the quality academic experience on their respective campuses.

“I want to thank my predecessor Fred Jacoby for establishing a solid foundation for the conference and its members. Fred continues to be a mentor to me and many within the ASC," Carlton added.

Over her eight months as Interim Commissioner, Carlton served as chief administrative officer of the conference responsible for NCAA and conference compliance, budget management, preparation of conference sport schedules, management of the conference's Division III Strategic Initiative Grant funds as well as overseeing all daily operations.

A native of Greencastle, Ind., Carlton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism cum laude from Franklin College (Ind.) in 1981 and completed graduate courses in athletic administration at Western Illinois University.

Carlton spent over 20 years on college and university campuses, including 13-1/2 years in sports information operations at three NCAA Division I institutions. She joined the ASC staff after 10 years as Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations at the University of Michigan (1990-2000) and was Assistant Sports Information Director at Northern Illinois University (1989-90). Carlton was a graduate sports information intern at both Western Illinois (1987-88) and Michigan (1988-89). She began her career as assistant director of the news bureau at Franklin College, before moving to Manchester College (Ind.) where she was Director of News and Sports Information for five years (1982-87).

Carlton and husband Chuck, a writer in the Dallas Morning News sports department, have a daughter, Taylor Lynne, and reside in Flower Mound, Texas.

The American Southwest Conference sponsors championships 16 sports. With several members of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the ASC was founded in May 1996 and has expanded over the decade to include members from the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Carlton heads a two-person staff in the Richardson, Texas, headquarters, getting assistance from Director of Media Relations Greg Weghorst.

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