HARROGATE, Tenn. — Jim Cigliano, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Professional Hall of Fame on Saturday during the University’s annual homecoming celebration.
Cigliano graduated from LMU in 1961 with a degree in physical education. Originally from New Jersey, Cigliano was given an athletic scholarship to play baseball and basketball while attending LMU. The value of education and the role of the student athlete has been a focus of Cigliano’s work ever since.
Cigliano was among the inaugural staff of Cleveland State Community College when it was founded in 1967. He began as the director of admissions, and over the next 38 years, would serve as dean of students, vice president for student affairs and athletic director.
In nominating materials, President Carl Hite of Cleveland State wrote: “Jim did not just work and retire from Cleveland State. He lives Cleveland State, believing that a college education is the key to improving lives. Jim Cigliano’s name is synonymous with the college.”
As a testimony to his student services philosophy, he was recipient of the school’s 2005 Outstanding Service to Student Award and the award itself was renamed in his honor.
In addition to his work in student services, Cigliano worked tirelessly to build the athletic programs at Cleveland State. He served as athletic director from 1974 to 1996 and had been involved with athletics at the institution since its founding. He established the Cougar Club in the early years of the school. He has raised nearly $1 million dollars for athletics and its programs during his tenure.
Cigliano retired from Cleveland State and now serves as commissioner of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association. He has served the National Junior College Athletic Association as its Region 7 Director for Men’s Sports. Cigliano is a member of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Cleveland State Athletic Hall of Fame.