NEW WILMINGTON – The Paul J. McNulty, president at Grove City College, will serve as chair of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Presidents’ Council for the 2021-22 academic year. McNulty’s term began July 1.
McNulty succeeds Dr. Calvin L. Troup, Geneva College president, who served as the PAC Presidents’ Council chair in 2020-21.
The Presidents’ Council holds ultimate authority and responsibility for PAC governance and is responsible for the establishment, direction and, enforcement of general policy, including the conference office’s annual budget and all other financial matters.
McNulty is the ninth president of Grove City College. McNulty received GCC’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1998 and an honorary doctorate in 2007. From 2004-14, he served on the college’s Board of Trustees.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, in 2005 the United States Senate unanimously confirmed McNulty to the position of Deputy Attorney General, second in command at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Chief Operating Officer of the department’s 100,000 employees. He also served from 2001-05 as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and was a leader in our nation’s response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. McNulty also worked for more than 10 years as a senior attorney in the U.S. Congress, including as Chief Counsel and Director of Legislative Operations for House Majority Leader, Chief Counsel for the House Subcommittee on Crime, and Counsel for the House Ethics Committee.
From 2007-14, McNulty led the global corporate compliance and investigations practice for Baker McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms. McNulty has been recognized for his expertise in business ethics, corporate governance, and internal investigations
McNulty and his wife Brenda (Millican, Grove City College, ‘80) have four children and three grandchildren.
Todd Gibson ‘02, entering his 7th year as GCC director of athletics at Grove City, will serve as chair of the PAC Athletic Administrators Council. Melissa Lamie, associate AD for leadership development and head women’s soccer coach, will chair the PAC Senior Woman Administrator Council. The PAC Faculty Athletic Representatives Association will be chaired by Dr. Richard D. Kocur ‘87, assistant professor of business.
Joe Onderko will continue to serve as PAC commissioner in 2021-22, his 16th year. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Fenstermacher enters his 10th year with the league office, while Assistant Commissioner for Championships and Special Events Tayler Kirtley begins her 2nd year with the conference. Kirtley’s 20-month internship with the PAC office is being funded through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Internship Grant Program.
Currently comprised of 10 private institutions – Bethany, Geneva, Grove City, Saint Vincent, Thiel, Washington & Jefferson and Westminster colleges and Chatham University, Franciscan University-Steubenville, and Waynesburg University – the PAC remains a unique organization amid high pressure intercollegiate athletics, with academics at the center of each member’s philosophy. In 2012, the PAC Presidents’ Council voted to add Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve universities as affiliate members in the sport of football.
The league’s name reflects its founding principle that operational control of all aspects of intercollegiate athletics is ultimately the responsibility of the presidents of each member institution; thus active presidential leadership and oversight is paramount in conference administration. Institutions involved understand that the key components to its progress lie in the foundation of faith in each member. It is the conviction of its membership that the PAC is the solution to the dilemma of intercollegiate athletic competition, and they have staked their athletic future on this premise.
The PAC, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, crowns league champions and awards all-conference honors in its 23 sports. The PAC has seen over 200 of its participating student-athletes recognized as Academic All-Americans, while the league has also produced numerous NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners.
• LOCK HAVEN – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference announced a record of scholar-athletes has been set, with 4,163 from the league’s 18 institutions earning honors for the 2020-21 academic year. Clarion boasted 164 of those.
Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 upon completion of the academic year.
Earlier this year, Clarion student-athletes set new record in the institution’s own scholar-athlete honors program (253, comprising 65 percent of the department) earning Clarion Scholar-Athlete honors. Eleven Golden Eagle teams boasted a cumulative GPA above 3.2 in the spring 2021 semester, with 71 student-athletes recording a 4.0 GPA that semester.
The full list of PSAC Scholar-Athletes for Clarion is listed at site<https://psacsports.org/news/2021/6/29/general-psac-breaks-previous-scholar-athlete-record-with-4-163-in-2020-21.aspx>.
Mercer County athletes include:
• Cross Country/Track & Field – Brianna Pennington (Greenville).
• Softball – Aryn Boyer (Wilmington).
• Basketball – Neely Whitehead (Kennedy Catholic).
• Swimming & Diving – Nolan Songer (Sharon).
GROVE CITY COLLEGE
GROVE CITY – Grove City College catcher Tanner Orner earned College Sports Information Directors of America Division III Academic All-District 1st-Team honors. As a 1st-Team All-District selection, Orner advances to the nationwide CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-America team will be announced later this month.
Orner helped Grove City to a 28-10 record this spring. He won the PAC batting title by hitting .454 and also led the conference with a .493 on-base percentage. Orner’s .622 slugging percentage ranked 5th in the league, as did his 54 total bases. He also ranked 4th in the circuit in hits (54) and doubles (14) while splitting time between catcher and DH. Orner earned 1st-Team All-PAC from the league’s head coaches, and also earned placement on the All-Tournament Team at the 2021 PAC Championship Tournament.
He earned All-Mideast Region honors from both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Orner’s .454 batting average is the 7th-highest mark in program history. Grove City’s 28 wins matched the single-season program record, and the Wolverines set a program record with 27 regular-season victories.
Orner owns a 3.35 cumulative GPA while majoring in business management. He has been named to the Dean’s List and the conference’s Academic Honor Roll. Orner also served as the treasurer for GCC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is Grove City’s eighth CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree this spring.
The 2020-21 academic year marks the 10th year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a “College” division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.
Grove City is part of District IV for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, which includes all of the NCAA D-III programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve.