College Baseball Foundation adds new trustees

January 27th, 2021

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Foundation Board of Trustees announced the addition of three new members Wednesday - Tom Jacobs, Arlene Matthews and Dr. John Winters.

“We are pleased to welcome Tom, Arlene and John to the Board of Trustees,” said CBF president/CEO Mike Gustafson. “Each of them will provide a unique knowledge base to advance our purpose.”

The CBF is the parent organization of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. The new members are among 15 trustees who present annual player and coach awards and induct a new class of Hall of Fame honorees each year. An additional focus area is an examination of permanent location sites for the Hall of Fame.

Jacobs is the Senior Associate Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer of the Atlantic 10 Conference. He is a 30-year veteran in the field of athletics administration and co-founded Snodgrass Partners’ Sports Recruiting, at which he serves as a key advisor to its Sports Division. He previously served in various capacities at the Big Eight Conference, the University of California, Berkeley and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. During his 17-year career at the NCAA, he worked with the sports of baseball, basketball, wrestling and water polo.

After graduating with honors from Austin College, Matthews attended the Texas Tech University School of Law. Upon graduation, she joined the firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, LLP. Matthews has been practicing law in West Texas since 2000 doing appellate work and insurance defense litigation, including medical malpractice, construction defect litigation and work-related injuries. She volunteers extensively with the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Winters is an assistant professor and program coordinator of Sport and Recreation Management at Bacone College in Oklahoma. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in health, leisure and human performance from Oklahoma State University in 2010. For 27 years, he umpired college baseball, working in the former Southwest and Mid-Continent conferences. Dr. Winters serves on the CBF’s Black College Legends and Pioneers Committee.

Leading the board are recently elected officers Craig Ramsey as chairman, Rick Greenspan as vice-chairman, Chris Snead as treasurer and Aaron Hill as secretary.

“I am excited to work with this group of officers,” said Gustafson. “Their passion for our work is great and they will serve the CBF well.”