Donna Lopiano, former chief executive officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation who has repeatedly been named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports,” will serve as executive-in-residence for the sports management program at the University of New Haven for the 2013-14 academic year.
At UNH, Lopiano will be working closely with the Drake Group, which is in-residence at the university, on drafting proposed federal legislation on college athletics. She is a member of the Drake Group’s advisory board.
“We are very pleased that Dr. Lopiano has agreed to come to UNH,” said Allen Sack, professor of sport management and president of the Drake Group. “She has a lot to share with our students and will be invaluable in working on issues related to college athletics.”
Lopiano has been nationally and internationally recognized for her leadership advocating for gender equity in sports by the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
She served for 18 years as the University of Texas at Austin’s director of women’s athletics and is a past-president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. During her tenure at Texas, she constructed what many believed to be the premiere women’s athletics program in the country, twice earning the top program in the nation award.
All eight University of Texas women’s sports were consistently ranked in the nation’s top ten in Division I, earning eighteen national championships in six different sports and producing 51 individual sport national champion athletes, 57 Southwest Conference championships and 395 All-American athletes, dozens among them Olympians and world champions. Ninety percent of women athletes who exhausted their athletic eligibility at the University of Texas received a baccalaureate degree.
(Photo courtesy of University of Texas athletics)