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Bellville named NCEA Executive Director

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/13/2012 22:34:15
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ATHENS, Ga. - The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) named Margaret A. "Maggie" Bellville their first-ever Executive Director on Tuesday, March 8.

Formerly known as Varsity Equestrian, the NCEA was established to advance the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sport of women's equestrian to championship status. To become classified as an NCAA sport, a total of 40 schools must adopt equestrian as a scholarship sport at the varsity level. Currently, 23 schools compete in the NCEA.

"I'm delighted to be chosen for this new role," Bellville said. "Throughout my years of competitive showing and riding, I've watched youth riders progress through the ranks and compete at the collegiate level. I've always been impressed with the efforts of the Varsity Equestrian, now the NCEA, and the positive affect it has had on the lives of young women."

Bellville said her goal is to develop and implement a plan to enlighten colleges and universities about equestrian as it relates to Title IX, and how it can help them in attracting and recruiting women to their institutions and athletic programs.

"It's really all about increasing the awareness and understanding of this sport," added Bellville. "My objective is to create a groundswell of national support, not only from college athletic departments, but also from the women who compete in equestrian, donors, and alumni of current NCEA-member schools who have seen how women benefit from this sport."

Throughout a distinguished career in senior operations, sales and marketing roles with Fortune 500 companies, Bellville has exhibited practical, open, and engaging qualities as a fair-minded leader and negotiator, with an ability to quickly cut through large amounts of data to accurately summarize opportunities, characteristics that will serve her well in leading NCEA.

Bellville was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Louis-based Charter Communications, Inc., founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and among the nation's largest cable television distribution companies. She was President and CEO of Incanta, Inc., a start-up streaming media company based in Atlanta, Executive Vice President of Operations for Atlanta-based Cox Communications, Inc., and held leadership positions with the former Century Communications, and the former GTE Wireless/Contel Cellular.

Presently the Founder and Principal of Maggie Bellville and Associates, an Atlanta-based coaching and executive search firm, Bellville specializes in board of director, and "C" level officer position searches and executive coaching for public and private companies in the broadband, telecommunications, and entertainment sectors. 

Bellville is the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions, including being named among the Top-10 Women in Business in Atlanta, and "Woman of the Year," a national award presented by Women in Cable and Telecommunications. She has won numerous awards and championships as a longtime exhibitor on the American Quarter Horse Association Circuit.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she competed on the school's equestrian team, Bellville also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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