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George E. Killian

Executive Director

National Junior College Athletic Association

HQ Phone:  (719) 590-9788

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National Junior College Athletic Association

1631 Mesa Ave Suite B

Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80923

United States

Company Description

Since 1938 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has been the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. The NJCAA is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic o...more

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Profiles of Leadership - NJCAA

Along with then Executive Director George E. Killian, Heap won the support of many influential college presidents in the NJCAA on the creation of the women's division, which proved to be the driving factor in getting the legislation passed.
George Killian and I believed we had to do this right and we got key presidents from around the country involved." In addition, Heap's background in constitutional government - he was a professor in the subject at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College - shaped the development of the NJCAA Constitution and Bylaws that guaranteed the women's division equal representation on the board of directors. Perhaps her greatest challenge during her time as president was the resignation of long-time NJCAA Executive Director George E. Killian in 2004. "George was the NJCAA. Those two were synonymous. Yet the time was right, and his services were needed full time with FISU. The NJCAA needed someone full-time as well. "I do have to say that of all the people I have had an opportunity to work with in sports; I have the most respect for George Killian. One year, George Killian came and he spoke to me about possibly running for an office position."

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George Killian, Treasurer
NJCAA P.O. Box 7305 Colorado Springs, CO 80933 Tel: (719) 590-9788 Tel: (719) 481-3008

In 1969 the appointment of George E. Killian as full-time Executive Director was approved by the legislative assembly, and the new office was officially opened August 1, 1969, in the Hilton Inn, Hutchinson, Kansas.
After 35 years at the helm, George E . Killian stepped down as the Executive Director of the NJCAA. A retirement celebration was held in his honor following the 2004 Annual Meeting. Mr . Killian will retain his presidency of FISU and continue to be an active member of the international sports community. Instrumental in getting the NJCAA All-Star team to the games was former NJCAA Executive Director George Killian, Jim Easton (Easton Sports), former NJCAA President Karen Sykes, NJCAA Associate Executive Director Mary Ellen Leicht and Don Porter and Laurie Gouthro of the International Softball Federation.


While numerous men stood in defiant opposition to Title IX, NJCAA executive director George Killian perceived things in a different light.
Killian saw an opportunity. An opportunity that he would have to substantiate with his colleagues in the NJCAA. "In the beginning, people thought I was nuts," Killian said. Killian realized that if he was going to garner the support to bring women's athletics into the NJCAA, it was the school presidents that he would need the backing of. In 1972, Killian formed the Presidents' Special Study Committee to analyze the prospect of adding a separate division for women within in the NJCAA. "I knew that if we got the presidents to say it was a good move, then we could get this done," Killian said. With the endorsement of the presidential committee and the general support of the membership, Killian moved on to his next challenge: convincing the women to join. At the time, most of women's collegiate athletics was overseen by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). "One of the biggest challenges we faced was getting the women to come with us," Killian said. Killian decided that there was only one way to combine men's and women's athletics under one organization. They had to be equal. "I thought the only way we could do that was to present a plan that was equal to what the men did," Killian said. "They saw that we had a strong organization that was in business since 1938," Killian said. "The women that wanted to join spoke up for us," Killian said. After Killian addressed the concerns of the women, all that was left to do was put pen to paper. "Walter would call me asking what I thought," Killian said. "The one thing that helped the NCAA move forward is that we were still in business," Killian said. "Somewhere along the line it would have come about but it wouldn't have come as quickly," Killian said. "It's taken a hell of a lot of people, men and women, to get the women's division to where it is today," Killian said.

Killian and Haywood Take the NJCAA to New Heights - NJCAA

In addition, a supplement 75th Anniversary Q&A feature with George E. Killian compliments this feature.
Other individuals that entered into the national scene included Joseph Rockenbach of Rochester Junior College, Minn. (tabbed as Treasurer in 1962), Jay W. Tolman of Mesa College, Colo. (elected Secretary in 1963), Homa S. Thomas of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College(elected Vice President in 1966 and President in '69), Martin Dittmer of Ellsworth Junior College, Iowa (selected as Secretary in 1967), and George E. Killian of Erie County Technical Institute, N.Y. (named Editor of the JUCO Review in 1962 and was elected President in '67). Neither Allard nor Tolman sought re-election to their respective offices in 1967 and the NJCAA then turned to Killian to take the office of President. After talking it over with his family, Killian accepted the offer and became the first Executive Director of the NJCAA in April of 1969. Doing so meant he had to leave his position as head basketball coach and athletic director at Erie County & Technical College in Buffalo, N.Y., and relocate his family to Hutchinson as the organization voted that the national office of the NJCAA was to be based where its most prominent national tournament was located. On August 1, 1969 the national office of the NJCAA officially opened in the Hilton Inn, also known as the Baker Hotel, in Hutchinson. Killian and Thomas, who was now NJCAA President, along with financial advisor Jerome Chandler and secretary Maxine Harper where on hand for an informal ceremony that resulted in great publicity for the organization in the area. Killian believed a larger association would raise the profile of the NJCAA and make it hard for people to ignore. Killian strengthened the NJCAA's representation on the United States Olympic Committee and led the organization in becoming a charter member of the United States Sports Council with the NCAA, NAIA and other groups in 1967. Both yielded big dividends by the end of the decade. Killian, who attended the Olympics for the first time in Mexico City, wrote the following in the November 1968 issue of JUCO Review: "We of the NJCAA can be extremely proud of Spencer Haywood's play in the Olympic Games, but most noteworthy, we can point with pride to the wonderful showing Spencer made as a sportsman and a gentleman." Though many were capable, no one was more right for the job than George E. Killian. As the decade closed, Killian was ready to advance the NJCAA in ways no one could have imagined.

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