CONTACT: ANN RHODES
307 E College
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 27, 2000
Dr. Christine Grant announces her retirement
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Christine Grant, director of the department of women's
intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa, announced Monday that
she will step down from her position Aug. 31. She plans to continue teaching
in the graduate program in sports administration.
"I have had the honor and the pleasure of having one of the most exciting
and challenging positions in the nation because I have been a small part of
a societal revolution in which women's roles and opportunities have been forever
significantly changed for the better," said Grant in a statement released
"When I watched the Women's Soccer World Cup last year, the magnitude
of the revolution in sport over the last quarter of a century really hit me,
and I realized how lucky I have been to have experienced this phenomenon.
But now is the right time for a change for the program and for me personally.
This is a new century with new challenges to be faced. I leave the program
from top to bottom with the strongest coaching personnel we have ever had
and with an athletic administrative staff epitomized by competence and high
"We also have a wonderful president and key people in administration
devoted to true equality for women in sport. We are indeed in good hands.
I have been blessed to work with such great people, and it is these people
that I will miss most when I step down. I thank my colleagues and friends,
both within the university and within the community, for all their help and
support for these many years. I sincerely appreciate it. Although I am stepping
down as athletic director, I will remain at the university and will continue
to teach in the department of health, leisure and sports studies. I also plan
to continue with work on Title IX and with NCAA responsibilities."
Grant, who has served as women's athletic director since the UI department
was established in 1973, is a native of Scotland and graduated from Dunfermline
College of Physical Education in 1956.
She coached and played field hockey in both Scotland and Canada before coming
to the University of Iowa in 1969 to continue her education. Grant received
her bachelor's degree in physical education in 1969, and her master's degree
and Ph.D. in sports administration in 1974 from the University of Iowa.
"It has been my privilege to work with Christine Grant and to watch
the women's athletic program grow and develop under Christine's leadership
over the past 13 years," said Ann Rhodes, vice president for university
relations. "Christine is committed to providing opportunities for young
women in sport, and she has dedicated her career to women's athletics at the
University of Iowa. Her contribution has been enormous and I am deeply grateful
for her work."
Added President Mary Sue Coleman: "Christine has been a mentor and
role model for women across the country. Her leadership put Iowa in the forefront
of providing opportunities for women. I am pleased that Christine will maintain
her ties to the academic program. She has had a long and distinguished career
at the university."
Grant was a founding member of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
for Women (AIAW) and served on a variety of organization and planning committees.
From 1979-1982 she served as president-elect, president and past-president
of the AIAW. From 1984 to 1987 she was on the board of directors of the National
Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), and from
1987-1989 she was president of the NACWAA. She also chaired the NACWAA Committee
on Gender Equity.
She has provided expert testimony and presentations on Title IX and gender
equity throughout the country. She has also authored a number of articles
on women in sport and served as a consultant and reviewer of several athletic
Grant has received numerous academic and professional awards, including
the University of Iowa Pi Lambda Theta Graduate Research Award (1974); the
Ontario Sports Award for Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Amateur Sports
(1970); the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport "Pathfinder
Award" for the State of Iowa (1993); the National Association of Collegiate
Women's Athletic Administrators "National Administrator of the Year"
Award (1993); the Women of Achievement Award from the Iowa City Business and
Professional Women (1993); the Women's Sports Foundation Billie Jean King
Contribution Award (1995); the National Association of Girls and Women in
Sport Honor Award (1996); the NCAA Honda Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement
in Women's Collegiate Athletics (1998); the National Association for Girls
and Women in Sport "Pathfinder Award" for the State of Iowa (1998);
and the University of Iowa
Jean Jew Women's Rights Award (1998).
She has been actively involved in NCAA and Big Ten initiatives, particularly
those related to opportunities for women, ethics and amateurism. Grant served
on the NCAA Special Committee to Review the NCAA Membership Structure (1988-90);
the NCAA Special Committee on Assessing Interests of Female Student-Athletes
(1993-94); and the NCAA Committee on Committees (1993-96). She is currently
serving on the NCAA Cabinet on Academics/Eligibility and Compliance and the
NCAA Subcommittee on Amateurism and Agents. She is also currently an Ethics
Fellow at the International Institute for Sport.