Black Hills State University has been granted active member status by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II.

The NCAA released the news of BHSU’s membership this afternoon. BHSU was one of eight new members approved for active status during this week’s DII Membership Committee meeting in Indianapolis. The South Dakota School of Mines was also approved for active status.  The change is effective Sept. 1, 2013.

“We are extremely excited to become full members and believe that the Division II strategic platform is in line with the Yellow Jacket Athletics mission and vision for our future,” according to Jhett Albers, BHSU director of athletics.

BHSU decided to pursue NCAA Division II membership in 2009 in an effort to better serve student athletes in their athletic and academic endeavors. The University began the Division II membership process during the 2010-2011season and just finished its first season as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).

BHSU’s full membership to NCAA DII is the result of a great cooperative effort by many people over the last four years – the initial application year and the three years of transition, Albers said.

“As a University and athletic department, we have made significant positive changes during our transition,” he said. “We look forward to continuing to build and develop our athletic department into a highly competitive Division II program that is successful in transforming the lives of our student-athletes, providing them with a positive student-athlete experience, and helping them graduate with a high-quality educational degree. “

As an official NCAA member, the BHSU Yellow Jacket athletic program will devote attention to the continued growth and success of its programs and take advantage of the NCAA brand to continue to recruit top-notch student athletes.