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Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, Chair of the SIAC Council of Presidents and President of Tuskegee University, announced today that George Mategakis, Interim Commissioner/Director of Championships for the SIAC, has tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2008. Harry Stinson III, Director of Communications and Marketing has been named Acting Commissioner effective January 1, 2009.

Mr. Mategakis has accepted the position of Director of Championships with the California Community College Athletic Association based in Sacramento, California. The Executive Committee of the Council of Presidents held an emergency meeting on Monday and named Harry Stinson III, who has served the SIAC as Director of Communications and Marketing since 2005, to serve as Acting Commissioner, effective January 1, 2009, until the Search Committee of the Council of Presidents completes its work and recommends a person to the Council to serve as permanent SIAC Commissioner. The goal is to name a person to this position before the end of January 2009.

On behalf of the entire SIAC Council of Presidents, Dr. Payton expressed appreciation to George Mategakis for his conscientious service over the past eight months as Interim Commissioner and in other roles since June 2003. He also expressed appreciation on behalf of the entire Council to Harry Stinson for taking on this added responsibility during this interim period. Additionally, Dr. Payton acknowledged the work of the entire SIAC Conference staff and expressed appreciation to them as well for their work during this period of transition.

“I would like to thank the Council of Presidents, athletic department administrators, coaches and student-athletes for their support and friendship the last 5 ½ years. Although the last eight months have been filled with challenges, I am honored and privileged to have been allowed to serve the SIAC as Interim Commissioner. We have made a lot of progress in re-establishing the SIAC as a major contender in Division II. The staff and I have taken the approach of doing things right and I believe the new incoming Commissioner will appreciate the progress we have made during the last eight months and continue to move the SIAC to regional and national excellence both on and off the field of sport”, Mategakis stated.

Mr. Mategakis has served the SIAC in numerous capacities including special assistant to the commissioner, director of championships, sports information liaison, special events director, CHAMPS/Life Skills director and SAAC advisor. His work as Interim Commissioner began on April 15, 2008. The Council of Presidents wishes him well in his new position with the California Community College Athletic Association.

Harry Stinson III has served the SIAC since 2005. Prior to his appointment with the SIAC, he served as the Director of Operations for the Georgia Games, an affiliate branch of the AAU, and as a General Manager of the World Boxing League. Mr. Stinson is a former student-athlete from Florida State University and received his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Georgia State University. The Council of Presidents looks forward to working with Harry Stinson during the remainder of this interim period’, said Dr. Payton.
 

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Re: SIAC bids farewell to George Mategakis and names Harry StinsonI, Acting Commissio

SIAC Council of Presidents appoints new commissioner
December 19, 2008

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents has announced the appointment of Gregory Moore as the new conference commissioner.

Moore’s appointment is effective January 19, 2009 and was announced at the end of the last day on the job for interim commissioner George Mategakis. Mategakis announced his resignation earlier this month. He had served as interim commissioner since William Lide was terminated in April.


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“Mr. Moore brings a wealth of educational and profession experiences to the position,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, President of Tuskegee University, who serves as Chair of the Council.

Moore holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the College of New Jersey and a J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. He has been Legal Counsel/Government Relations Director for Essex County College while maintaining a law practice, The Moore Law Group, LLC in New Jersey, dealing with sports law and commercial transactions.

He has also been Deputy Counsel for the New Jersey State Legislature and General Counsel for the Jersey Express Basketball Club where he played a key role in recruiting and hiring former NBA standout Darryl Dawkins, as head basketball coach.

“It is my sense that SIAC student athletes are the embodiment of what is best about college sports and I will work tirelessly to broaden the platform to showcase these outstanding young men and women,” stated Moore.

Moore was the unanimous choice of the search committee following interviews with four finalist candidates on December 17, 2008. The Council of Presidents met in a special session the following day and elected Moore as Commissioner.

“The entire SIAC Council of Presidents joins the Executive/Search Committee in the expectation that Mr. Moore will lead the Conference to a new level of performance with quality and integrity,” said Payton.

The conference office is slated to remain in Atlanta for now.
 
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