Great Midwest Athletic Conference
|Great Midwest Athletic Conference
|Established||2011 (begins play in 2012)|
|Sports fielded||12 (men's: 5; women's: 7)|
|Region||Great Lakes and East South Central|
|Commissioner||Tom Daeger (since 2011)|
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) was named the 24th NCAA Division II Conference and operates in the Great Lakes and East South Central States regions of the United States. The G-MAC began conference play in the 2012-13 academic year hosting 12 championships and continued to work through the educational assessment program. The conference is anticipate to be approved and move into full membership as an active Division II member conference in 2013-14.
The initial announcement of a potential new conference surfaced in June, 2011 when the presidents and athletic directors of Cedarville University, Notre Dame College, Urbana University, and Ursuline College met to discuss plans for a new Division II conference. Urbana had become an active Division II member in 2010, while the other three schools were in the process of transitioning to the NCAA from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Soon after the initial meeting, Central State University joined and became a fifth member. In October 2011, Kentucky Wesleyan College announced that the school will join the G-MAC, withdrawing from its current conference, the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In November 2011, Trevecca Nazarene University was accepted as another charter member of the conference. Trevecca had begun the process of transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II membership in July, 2011 and will enter a provisional NCAA membership year during the conference's initially planned start for the 2013-14 academic year. In November 2011, Notre Dame College exited the G-MAC to pursue membership in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, reducing the number of G-MAC charter members to six, with only three of the member institutions having been NCAA members prior to the G-MAC's first exploration meeting. In late November, the conference announced the hiring of Tom Daeger as Conference Commissioner, with offices in Indianapolis.
On February 20, 2012 the Great Midwest Athletic Conference announced the NCAA had accepted the G-MAC as the 24th NCAA Division ll conference. The conference then added two more members when it was announced on April 23 and May 1, 2012, that the University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVa–Wise) and Georgetown College had been granted provisional membership in the conference pending their approval by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. Since this announcement, Georgetown has been rejected for Division II membership, and did not re-apply to join Division II in 2013.
In the fall of 2012, it was announced that Urbana and UVa–Wise would spend only one season as active members of the G-MAC. On August 20, 2012, both schools were identified as charter members of the Mountain East Conference (MEC). At the same time, the G-MAC announced that three West Virginia schools had accepted invitations to join the conference, starting in July 2013—Alderson–Broaddus College, Davis & Elkins College, and Ohio Valley University. All three schools were previously members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. On October 16, 2012, the G-MAC announced that Salem International University will join the conference on July 1, 2013.
For the 2012-13 academic year, the conference contained five full members and two provisional members just beginning the NAIA to NCAA transition process; four schools are from Ohio, one from Kentucky, one from Tennessee, and one from Virginia.
Current members 
|Cedarville University||Cedarville, Ohio||1887||Private/Baptist||3,205||Yellow Jackets||2012|
|Central State University||Wilberforce, Ohio||1887||Public (HBCU)||2,288||Marauders (men's)
Lady Marauders (women's)
|Georgetown College||Georgetown, Kentucky||1787||Public||2,288||Tigers||2012 (provisional)|
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||Owensboro, Kentucky||1858||Private/Methodist||802||Panthers||2012|
|Trevecca Nazarene University||Nashville, Tennessee||1901||Private/Nazarene||2,345||Trojans||2012|
|University of Virginia's College at Wise#||Wise, Virginia||1954||Public||2,000||Highland Cavaliers||2012 (provisional)|
|Urbana University#||Urbana, Ohio||1850||Private/Nonsectarian||1,359||Blue Knights||2012|
|Ursuline College||Pepper Pike, Ohio||1871||Private/Catholic (women's)||1,485||Arrows||2012|
Note: Because Ursuline is a women's college, it does not field men's sports.
# - Moving to the Mountain East Conference (MEC) in the 2013-14 season.
Future members 
|Alderson–Broaddus College||Philippi, West Virginia||1871||Private/Baptist||800||Battlers||2013|
|Davis & Elkins College||Elkins, West Virginia||1904||Private/Presbyterian||751||Senators||2013|
|Ohio Valley University||Vienna, West Virginia||1960||Private/Churches of Christ||527||Fighting Scots||2013|
|Salem International University||Salem, West Virginia||1888||Private||835||Tigers||2013|
Membership timeline 
For the 2012-13 provisional year, the G-MAC sponsored the following championships:
- Alcox, Kevin (November 21, 2011). "G-MAC hires Tom Daeger as commissioner". Cedarville University. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
- Jablonski, David (October 17, 2011). "Urbana, Cedarville join Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "New Great Midwest Athletic Conference includes Ohio, Kentucky institutions". NCAA. October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "NDC one of core four looking to build conference". Notre Dame College. June 8, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "Ursuline Forms New Athletic Conference". Ursuline College. June 7, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "Trevecca Welcomed by Great Midwest Athletic Conference". Trevecca Nazarene University. November 3, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- Boettcher, Jerome (February 20, 2012). "Trevecca Nazarene's next conference gains approval from NCAA". Nashville City Paper. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- "UVA-Wise Granted Provisional Membership to G-MAC Conference". UVA-Wise. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
- Staff (May 2, 2012). "Georgetown College finds conference home as step to moving to NCAA Division II". KYForward. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- Rine, Shawn (August 20, 2012). "Cards, Toppers Set To Jump Into New League". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register (Wheeling, WV). Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- "G-MAC News: Conference Adds Three New Members" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- "G-MAC News: Salem International will Join the G-MAC" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. October 16, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012.