LSSU’s Dunbar Named GLIAC Commissioner

SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State director of athletics Kris Dunbar has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s new commissioner, the school announced Tuesday.

A 1992 graduate of LSSU, Dunbar was a four-year starting guard for the school’s women’s basketball program from 1988-92 and was inducted into the LSSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. Dunbar later served as head women’s basketball coach from 1998-2006, compiling a 154-72 record while also serving as senior women’s administrator. She was then named director of athletics in the spring of 2006.

“I would like to thank Dr. Don Bachand (Saginaw Valley State University president and GLIAC Council of Presidents chairman) and the search committee for the opportunity to lead one of the most-prominent conferences in NCAA Division II,” said Dunbar in a statement. “I am humbled and honored to be the next GLIAC commissioner.”

Dunbar replaces Dell Robinson, who served as league commissioner from 2009-2016. She is the league’s seventh commissioner.

“The GLIAC will have a bit different look next year and we anticipate more changes in the future, but we will continue to be a viable, national-caliber conference like we have been for the past four decades,” Dunbar said. “I look forward to sharing ideas to bring growth, heightened regional and national leverage, and increased viability to the GLIAC.”

Dunbar will stay on as director of athletics through the end of April before assuming her responsibilities as GLIAC Commissioner on May 1.