Kansas City, Mo. – Women Leaders in College Sports announced Thursday that Atlantic 10 Associate Commissioner Jill Redmond was named the organization's 2017 Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award recipients.
Redmond will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Jostens Administrator of the Year and Award of Distinction Luncheon at the 2017 Women Leaders National Convention in Dallas, Texas—which will be emceed by Beth Mowins, play-by-play announcer and sports journalist for ESPN and CBS. Redmond will be honored alongside seven other Administrator of the Year recipients that were nominated by their peers and selected by the Women Leaders Awards Committee for their service during 2016-17.
The Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to an athletics administrator who exemplifies the personal qualities and professional accomplishments of Dr. Nell Jackson. This award is given to an individual who demonstrates qualities such as courage, conviction, and perseverance, and who is an advocate for gender equity and diversity. This award honors athletics administrators who are NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement graduates, and demonstrate vision and outstanding leadership.
Redmond joined the Atlantic 10 Conference staff as Director of Compliance in 2009 was promoted to assistant commissioner in 2011 and associate commissioner in 2015. In her current role, Redmond’s primary responsibility is oversight the league’s compliance and governance efforts, to support the work and initiatives of the President’s Council, and to serve as the primary liaison to the Faculty Athletic Representatives.
Redmond’s success at the academically-focused Atlantic 10 has included significant improvements for the league in national and internal scholastic metrics, including the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR). She also has spearheaded an increase of A-10 representation on NCAA committees and provided leadership for the conference on association-wide legislation. Redmond has worked closely with the A-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) on student-athlete welfare issues. She also oversees the league’s Woman of the Year and Postgraduate Scholarship Programs.
Before joining the A-10, Redmond spent a year at the University of Richmond as Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance and four years at Dartmouth College as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance.
Nationally, Redmond recently completed an appointment on the Division I Nominating Committee, and before that served on the Division I Administration Cabinet, the Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid Cabinet, and the Division I Amateurism Fact-Finding committee.
Redmond completed her undergraduate degree at DePaul University, where she was a track and field student-athlete, and earned her MBA from Benedictine University. She is a graduate of the NCAA Fellows Program, the NCAA Leadership Institute and the NCAA/Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement (formerly NACWAA/HERS) program.
She began her professional career as an athletic trainer, spending two years at her alma mater, before going to Benedictine University. While at Benedictine, she transitioned to compliance and administration when she took the position as senior woman administrator/assistant athletic director.
The full list of Administrator of the Year recipients are:
- DI-FBS: Nona Richardson, University of Utah, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Support Services / Senior Woman Administrator
- DI-FCS: Grace Calhoun, University of Pennsylvania, Director of Athletics and Recreation
- DI: Tamica Smith Jones, UC Riverside, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
- DII: Carmen Leeds, Emporia State University, Senior Associate Athletic Director / Internal Operations / Senior Woman Administrator
- DIII: Deb Steward, William Smith College, Director of Athletics
- NAIA/NJCAA: Chesney Sallee, NAIA National Office, Director of Membership Services
- Conference/Organization: Kris Pierce, Atlantic Coast Conference, Senior Associate Commissioner for Championships / Senior Woman Administrator
- Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year: Jill Redmond, Atlantic 10 Conference, Associate Commissioner
“Women Leaders in College Sports is thrilled to celebrate and honor these extraordinary women who are champions for their student-athletes, colleagues, institutions, and conferences,” says Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports. “Their commitment to intercollegiate athletics and the advancement of women in our profession is inspiring and truly remarkable, and we look forward to honoring them for their outstanding service and leadership in Dallas.”
Founded in 1979, Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA; www.womenleadersincollgesports.org) is the only nationally recognized collegiate professional membership organization whose mission is to develop, connect, and advance women leaders working in intercollegiate athletics. More than 3,500 members strong, Women Leaders promotes the growth, leadership, and success of women as athletics administrators, conference commissioners, professional staff, coaches, and student-athletes.