Carolyn Schlie Femovich
Carolyn Schlie Femovich
Carolyn Schlie Femovich was selected as the fourth Executive Director of the Patriot League in 1999 by the Council of Presidents and has provided executive leadership for membership growth and advancement of the League in keeping with its unwavering commitment to the scholar-athlete model. Femovich brought 17 years experience at the NCAA Division I level to the Patriot League when she was appointed to serve as its Executive Director. She is respected as a leader in intercollegiate athletics and is one of six women to hold the top post of an NCAA Division I conference.
Throughout her tenure at the Patriot League, Femovich has focused on key areas including the development of a comprehensive multimedia package, expansion of League membership, improvement of League competitiveness and the quality of services to the membership. During her time with the Patriot League, emphasis has been placed on the competitiveness within the NCAA and the promotion of sport programs that present unique opportunities for the advancement of the League. In 2011, the League initiated the Patriot League Leadership Academy, a ground-breaking membership-wide initiative to develop scholar-athletes into world-class leaders through systematic and cutting-edge leadership development programming.
In the summer of 2012, under Femovich's direction, the League added Boston University and Loyola University Maryland as its ninth and tenth all-sport members effective with the 2013-14 academic year. The additional of these institutions affirmed the strength and stability of the League and was in keeping with previous expansion initiatives in 2001 when Femovich orchestrated the additions of American University as a full member and Georgetown as an associate member in football.
Under her guidance, Patriot League sports of football, basketball and lacrosse have gained increased television exposure through contracts with national media outlets and a comprehensive partnership with CBS Sports Network. The League enhanced the visibility of its sport programs through the broadband initiative that began in 2006. In the summer of 2013, the League announced the launch of the Patriot League Network, an expansive and innovative digital network offering hundreds of live events across the League's 24 sport programs. The Network also includes studio and highlight shows presented through a partnership with Silver Chalice and Campus Insiders.
During her tenure, Femovich has increased service to the membership with enhancements in championship administration and the addition of women's rowing and golf championships, maintained a strong focus on the scholar-athlete model and student-athlete experience, and strengthened the League's governance and involvement in national issues.
Femovich has served in national leadership positions with the NCAA as chair of the Division I Championship/Competition Cabinet, as the League representative on the NCAA Management Council and was president of the Collegiate Commissioners' Association from 2011-2013. She was chairperson of the prestigious Collegiate Women's Sports Award Program, where she continues to serve as a board member, and has also served on the board of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrator (NACWAA).
Husband: Robert M. Femovich
Married: October 4, 1991
Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Femovich served in a leadership role in the administration of a highly successful Ivy League program at the University of Pennsylvania.
During her tenure as Senior Associate Athletics Director (1986-99) and Associate Athletics Director (1982-85) at the University of Pennsylvania, her responsibilities included administration of intercollegiate sports and recreation programs, strategic planning and facilities development, human resource management and event planning. In her initial years with the Quakers, Femovich supervised 15 intercollegiate programs, coaching staffs and athletics facilities. She also served as Penn's Interim Director of Athletics in 1985.
Femovich represented the University in a variety of external capacities with the Ivy League and NCAA, and on a number of sports committees and boards.
Femovich's career in intercollegiate athletics began in 1974 at Indiana University as a graduate teaching assistant. In 1975, she moved to Gettysburg College as head coach of women's basketball, women's tennis, assistant professor of health and physical education and the Coordinator of Women's Athletics.
Included in the impressive list of regional and national committees Femovich has served on are the NCAA Basketball Marketing Sub-Committee, the NCAA Division I Business/Finance Cabinet and the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee, arguably the most prestigious women's sport committee in the NCAA.
She played a primary role in bringing the 2000 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four to Philadelphia and is a member of the executive board of the Philadelphia Sports Congress. She also held the office of President of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in 1996.
Femovich is a graduate of Valparaiso University where she currently serves on their Board of Directors, and received a master of science degree from Indiana University. Femovich and her husband, Robert, reside in Hellertown, Pa.