The Culture of Sports: WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner

April 19th, 2019 | by Jonathan Yates
The Culture of Sports: WIAC Commissioner Gary Karner

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) is unique in many ways, all contributing to its being a premier Division III sports conference. A major part is that all eight of its members are located in Wisconsin, leading to fierce interstate clashes. To kick off the “Coffee with the Commissioner” series for CollegeAD, Jonathan Yates from “The Culture of Sports” traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to interview Dr. Gary Karner, the WIAC Commissioner. Karner is in his 23rd year as the WIAC commissioner. Prior to becoming the commissioner of the WIAC, Karner spent nearly eight years with the NCAA national office. During his tenure with the NCAA, he played a key role in the development of the institutional compliance review process as well as the NCAA Division I Athletic Certification Program.

Jonathan Yates About Jonathan Yates
Jonathan Yates spent much of his career working for Members of Congress in a variety of press and legislative posts. Positions he has held working for Members of Congress and state legislators include Chief of Staff, General Counsel, Legislative Director, Press Secretary, and Legislative Assistant. His journalistic work has appeared in such periodicals as The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Investor's Business Daily, and TheStreet, among others. He has degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown University Law Center; and has also matriculated at the U.S. Naval War College and The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Jonathan also hosts The Culture of Sports You can follow Jonathan Yates on Twitter at @politicsports13

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