CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former MIT athletics administrator, Jane Betts, has been named the 2013 Legacy Award winner by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). She will receive the honor on October 14 at the Nike Lifetime Achievement and Legacy Luncheon at the 2013 NACWAA National Convention in San Diego.
“We are very excited that Jane is receiving this highly prestigious award from NACWAA”, said MIT Professor/Associate Director of Athletics John Benedick. “Jane’s positive influence on women in collegiate athletics was ground breaking during her time at MIT and remains influential and important today. We were indeed fortunate to have had the privilege of working with such a creative thinker and compassionate leader. MIT’s position as a leader in collegiate athletics is in large part due to the work of Jane Betts. We offer Jane our most enthusiastic congratulations on this recognition for her lifetime of achievement and innovation in collegiate athletics
Betts came to MIT in 1976 as the Institute’s women’s gymnastics coach and Director of Women’s Athletics. She later became the Assistant AD for Facility Operations and Women’s Sports before being named Associate AD for Finance and Administration in 1987. During her time at MIT, Betts became one of the most widely recognized proponents of women’s athletics; serving as the president of the Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. She was also a co-founder and the first president of the New England Women’s 6 Conference, which evolved into the current New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) which MIT is still a member of.
Prior to coming to MIT, Betts was at Valparaiso University where she taught PE courses and coached the women’s gymnastics and tennis teams. She left MIT to become the first executive director of NACWAA from 1994-96, establishing the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement and the NACWAA Volleyball Classic, as well as helping the board define goals and create programs for the Association.
The Legacy Award is presented to a NACWAA member who has made significant contributions on a national level for the betterment of intercollegiate athletics and demonstrated dedication to diversity and gender equity, the NACWAA Foundation and educational and professional development programs. NACWAA is the premier advocacy organization that empowers, develops, assists, celebrates, affirms, involves and honors women working in all fields of intercollegiate athletics and takes a pro-active role in advancing women into positions of influence. NACWAA is dedicated to empowering, developing and advancing the success of women throughout the profession.