Christine Grant served for 27 years as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women at the University of Iowa (1973-2000) where she held the rank of Associate Professor of Health and Sports Studies, a position she occupied from 1973 until 2005. During her tenure as athletics director, she also served as President of the National Association for Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, President of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, a member of the United States Olympic Committee, an International Institute for Sport Ethics Fellow, a member of the Board of Directors of the USA Field Hockey Foundation and has served on numerous NCAA committees and task forces, including most recently, the Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee.
Dr. Grant has been recognized as National Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors (NACDA) Hall of Fame (2008). She has also received numerous awards for her leadership in the development of women’s sports such as the NCAA’s Gerald R. Ford Award (2007), the University of Iowa Hancher-Finkbine Medallion (2003) and Distinguished Achievement Award (2001), the R. Tait McKenzie Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (2000), the NCAA Honda Award of Merit (1998), and the Women’s Sports Foundation Billie Jean King Contribution Award (1995) and the Ontario Sports Award for Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Amateur Sport (1970).
Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Dr. Grant has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in fifteen court cases related to Title IX compliance and gender equity. Dr. Grant has been instrumental in the development of the NCAA Division I Certification program, still participates in the training of NCAA staff and has served on five NCAA Certification Peer Review teams. Dr. Grant has also served as a consultant to institutions of higher education and state education agencies on the development of women’s athletics programs.
Dr. Grant holds a B.A. in Physical Education and a doctoral degree in athletic administration from the University of Iowa as well as a diploma of physical education from Dunfermline College in Scotland.
Dr. Grant was chosen as the National Coach of the Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team and has umpired international field hockey games in Canada, the USA and New Zealand.