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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 Monday afternoon.

"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 integrity.

"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 programs.

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.