St. Cloud, MN – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has a new leader as the league announced the selection of Heather Weems as the new commissioner on May 12. Weems becomes the NCHC’s third Commissioner in conference history, replacing Josh Fenton, who left for the same role with The Summit League.
“We are thrilled to welcome Heather Weems as the next Commissioner of the NCHC,” said Andy Armacost, Chair of the NCHC Board, Co-Chair of the NCHC Commissioner Search, and President of the University of North Dakota. “Her record of exceptional leadership and her vision for the future of the Conference stood out to the members of the Board. Heather will undoubtedly take the NCHC to new heights, building upon its success as the premier conference in college hockey.”
Throughout her career, Weems has served on and held various leadership and committee positions in the NCHC, Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). She brings a 23-year career in athletic administration to the NCHC, which started at a fellow NCHC member institution, the University of Denver, in 1999. Following her time in Colorado and prior to arriving at St. Cloud State University, Weems was a senior member of the athletic administration at Drake University.
“As both a participant in and observer of the growth of the NCHC during my time as Director of Athletics at St. Cloud State University, I am both grateful and excited to transition into this new role as the leader of the conference. The hockey community is tightly connected and I look forward to upholding the strong tradition and innovative spirit that has defined the NCHC and its member institutions,” said Commissioner Weems. “As we embark on our 10th year and continue to adjust to a changing NCAA landscape, we will remain a destination for student-athletes to pursue their dreams through competitive quality, a meaningful student-athlete experience, and a commitment to our campuses and communities.”
“I want to thank the Board of Directors, the search committee, including Board Chair Andy Armacost and Search Co-Chair Josh Berlo, current Summit League/former NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton, and my NCHC colleagues for their confidence. I also want to acknowledge my incredible appreciation and respect for my student-athletes, coaches, colleagues, and friends at St. Cloud State. It has truly been my honor and privilege to serve the University and lead Husky Athletics.”
“It has been an honor to work with Heather during my past four years at St. Cloud State University. She has been at the forefront of ensuring that our athletic coaches and campus recreation staff were able to provide the highest quality experiences for our students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, community, and fans,” said St. Cloud State University President Robbyn Wacker. “Her commitment to St. Cloud State has been remarkable and she has accomplished so much while here. I wish her the best of success in her new position and I look forward to working with her in her new role to advance the success of the NCHC.”
St. Cloud State University will now undertake the process of hiring an Athletic Director to replace Weems who has been in the position since March 16, 2012.
Weems will be introduced as the new commissioner at noon CT on Monday, May 16th, 2022, in an NCHC press conference at the Xcel Energy Center (home of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff), Saint Paul, Minn. – main concourse level.