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Asa Bushnell

Asa Bushnell (College athletics.  Born, Springfield, OH, Feb. 1, 1900; died, Princeton, NJ, Mar. 22, 1975.)  Resigning as graduate manager of athletics at Princeton in late 1937, Asa Smith Bushnell became the first director of the Central Office for Eastern Collegiate Athletics, which came into existence Jan. 1, 1938.  What then was essentially a clearinghouse for officiating assignments became, in 1947, the Eastern College Athletic Conference and grew to include more than 150 member colleges, administering over a dozen sports.  Bushnell served as the first E.C.A.C. commissioner for over 20 years (1947-70).  He was also secretary of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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