Black Women Still Scarce In College Athletics Administrations

GYI0050839508.jpgThe NCAA is committed to improving the number of Blacks and people of color in key athletic administration positions, says Charlotte Westerhaus, who was selected by the late NCAA president Myles Brand in 2005 to be the organization’s first diversity and inclusion vice president.

Admittedly, most athletic department jobs held by Blacks are located in what some call the “helping professions — academic advisors or working with life skills,” says Westerhaus. “That is an honorable and outstanding job to have,” she explains, “but it will not get you access to the prerequisite skills in order to run an efficient and effective athletic department.

Westerhaus says that “When I talk to women of color, men of color, or people in general about aspirations to have leadership positions in athletic administrations,” she tries to help them see that “the vast majority of individuals [in administrative jobs] have astute and strong backgrounds in finance, business, facilities management, fundraising, and areas that deal with the fiscal side of athletic administration.”

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Pictured:Rutgers Basketball team members arrive on the Playtex Sport Pink Carpet at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 28th Annual Salute to Women in Sports at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for WSF)