Chris Colvin officially took over as Commissioner of Conference Carolinas on June 1, 2019.
Colvin has already made a significant impact in his first two months as Commissioner, overseeing the move of the league offices to Greenville, S.C. as well as hiring four new staff members.
Colvin joined Conference Carolinas as Commissioner after serving for four years as the Director of Athletics at NCAA Division III Nichols College where he led the Bison through a significant transformation in both competitive success and institutional alignment.
While at Nichols College, Colvin led 21 Division III sports programs in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. He created the Bison Club, which was Nichols’ first modern Athletic Booster Club. The creation of the Bison Club resulted in a 350 percent increase in department revenue under his watch.
The Bison saw unprecedented competitive success during his tenure with 11 total Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships in men’s and women’s tennis, men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey. The 2017-18 year proved to be a banner athletic year for the Bison under Colvin’s leadership with four conference championships in one year for the first time in school history. The Bison also finished in the top 25 percent of the Learfield Directors’ Cup, which was the highest finish in school history. In 2018-19, the Bison men’s basketball team advanced to the Elite 8 under a first-year head coach.
Additional highlights for Colvin while at Nichols included oversight of the athletics recruitment process, which produced a record-breaking class in 2018. He also created a cross-departmental Female Student-Athlete Recruitment Task Force to work toward improving female student-athlete recruiting.
The Female Student-Athlete Recruitment Task Force led to a 50 percent increase in the number of female student-athletes in that year's class. He also implemented a new fan affinity program titled “Nichols Nation” through a mobile application that rewarded students with points and prizes for attending Bison athletic events. Colvin also placed significant focus on student-athlete mental health issues, contracting a Sports Psychologist to work with student-athletes, teams and coaches.
During his tenure at Nichols, Colvin remained very active within the NCAA, serving as a member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis National Committee (2018) and the NCAA Division III Football East Region Regional Advisory Committee (2016 and 2017).
Prior to his time serving as the Director of Athletics at Nichols, Colvin served as the Associate Athletic Director at Furman University where he was second in command for the Paladins’ 20-sport Division I program in the Southern Conference. His responsibilities included management of the Paladins’ $20 million athletics department budget, including daily monitoring, budgeting, forecasting and analyzing of department expenses and revenues. Among other responsibilities, Colvin also served as the primary athletics department liaison to the offices of human resources, admissions and financial aid and student life.
Colvin graduated from Furman in 2000 with a degree in Business Administration and Communications. He earned his master’s degree in Industrial Statistics from the University of South Carolina in 2005. Colvin is joined at Conference Carolinas by wife Megan and children Lanie (9), David (7) and Gracyn (5).