Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
|Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
|Sports fielded||16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)|
|Region||Middle Atlantic States, South Atlantic States|
|Commissioner||Jacqie Carpenter (since September 2012)|
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is a college athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities. CIAA institutions participate in sports at the Division II level of the NCAA.
The CIAA sponsors 16 annual championships and is divided into Northern and Southern divisions in every sport except track and field, cross country, and baseball. The CIAA recently partnered with the startup network Bounce TV to televise sporting events and championships.
The CIAA, founded on the campus of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1912, is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the United States. It was originally known as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and adopted its current name in December 1950.
Founding leaders were Allen Washington and C.H. Williams of Hampton Institute; Ernest J. Marshall of Howard University; George Johnson of Lincoln University, PA ; W.E. Atkins, Charles Frasher, and H.P. Hargrave of Shaw University; and J.W. Barco and J.W. Pierce of Virginia Union University. 
The CIAA's legacy dates back to 1892 when Livingstone College and Biddle University (now Johnson C. Smith University) played in the first football game between two African-American colleges. Many other sports also increased in popularity over the ensuing years.
Football is experiencing a major resurgence after going through a period of decline at several member universities. Football was absent from the campus of St. Augustine's University for nearly three decades, before getting reinstated by the administration in 2002. Shaw University then brought back its football program in 2003, following a hiatus of 24 years.
Lincoln University, a charter member, added varsity football in 2008 and was readmitted to the CIAA after nearly three decades in Division III. Chowan University joined the CIAA in 2008 for football only. On October 14, 2008, the CIAA Board of Directors admitted Chowan as a full member effective July 1, 2009, the first non-HBCU to play in the conference.
The CIAA, founded in 1912, is composed predominantly of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
On August 27, 2012, the CIAA announced the appointment of Jacqie Carpenter, the first African-American female commissioner to hold the position. 
|Track and field (indoor)||
|Track and field (outdoor)||
Conference membership 
Current members 
- Lincoln (Pa.) left the CIAA after the 1979-80 season, and re-joined back in the 2008-09 season.
- Winston-Salem State left the CIAA after the 2005-06 season, and re-joined back in the 2010-11 season.
Former members 
|Bluefield State College||Bluefield, West Virginia||Big Blues||WVIAC|
|Delaware State University||Dover, Delaware||Hornets||1945||1970||MEAC|
|Hampton University||Hampton, Virginia||Pirates||1912||1995||MEAC|
|Howard University||Washington, D.C.||Bison||1912||1970||MEAC|
|North Carolina Central University||Durham, North Carolina||Eagles||1928,
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||Princess Anne, Maryland||Hawks||MEAC|
|Morgan State University||Baltimore, Maryland||Bears||MEAC|
|Norfolk State University||Norfolk, Virginia||Spartans||1962||1996||MEAC|
|North Carolina A&T State University||Greensboro, North Carolina||Aggies||1924||1970||MEAC|
|St. Paul's College||Lawrenceville, Virginia||Tigers||1923||2011||Dropped sports in 2011|
|Virginia University of Lynchburg||Lynchburg, Virginia||Dragons||USCAA|
|West Virginia State University||Institute, West Virginia||Yellow Jackets||WVIAC|
Conference facilities 
|Bowie State||Bulldog Stadium||6,000||A.C. Jordan Arena||2,200|
|Chowan||Garrison Stadium||5,000||Helms Center||3,500|
|Elizabeth City State||Roebuck Stadium||6,500||R. L. Vaughn Center||5,000|
|Fayetteville State||Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium||5,520||Felton J. Capel Arena||4,000|
|Johnson C. Smith||Irwin Belk Complex||4,500||Brayboy Gymnasium||2,316|
|Lincoln||Lincoln University Stadium||3,000||Manuel Rivero Hall||3,000|
|Livingstone||Alumni Memorial Stadium||5,500||William Trent Gymnasium||1,500|
|St. Augustine's||George Williams Athletic Complex||2,500||Emery Gymnasium||1,000|
|Shaw||Durham County Stadium||8,500||C.C. Spaulding Gym||1,500|
|Virginia State||Rogers Stadium||13,500||Daniel Gymnasium||3,454|
|Virginia Union||Hovey Field||10,000||Barco-Stevens Hall||2,000|
|Winston-Salem State||Bowman Gray Stadium||22,000||C.E. Gaines Center||3,200|
Basketball tournament 
|Bowie State University||Golden Girls|
|Elizabeth City State University||Dee-Lite Cheerleaders|
|Fayetteville State University||Cheer Phi Smoov Cheerleaders|
|Johnson C. Smith University||Luv-A-Bull Cheerleaders|
|Lincoln University||Fe-Lions Cheerleaders|
|Livingstone College||La La's Cheerleaders|
|St. Augustine's College||BlueChip Cheerleaders|
|Shaw University||Chi Chi Cheerleaders|
|Virginia State University||Woo Woo Cheerleaders|
|Virginia Union University||Rah Rah Cheerleaders|
|Winston-Salem State University||Cheer Phi Cheerleaders|
- Raymond Schmidt, Shaping College Football: The Transformation of an American Sport, 1919-1930 (Syracuse University Press, 2007) p133
- "Carpenter Named New CIAA Commissioner". 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
- "Saint Paul's College discontinues athletic program". Onnidan.com. The Onnidan Group. 2011-05-09.