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One of the 100 Most Influential Women in Sports, Donna Lopiano, Executive-in-Residence at UNH, Speaking Oct. 29 on Paying Athletes

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10/22/2013 12:00 AM

Oct. 22, 2013

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- 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.

Lopiano  will offer a talk titled “Should College Athletes be Paid? Implications for Title IX” at UNH on Oct. 29 at 6:30 in Kaplan 109.  The event is free and open to the public.

“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.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide, and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.