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ERIC Number: EJ818954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
A Love of Sports and of Leading the Way
Elfman, Lois
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n17 p35 Oct 2008
When self-professed "sportaholic" Kelly Mehrtens was chosen from more than 300 applicants to be the director of athletics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), she became one of a few Black women to lead a Division I athletic department. Mehrtens was a student-athlete at the University of Alabama, and her route to collegiate athletic administration was closely tied to her bachelor's degree in commerce and business administration. After graduating from Alabama in 1986, she trained in the discus at the University of Florida in the hope of making the 1988 Olympic team. When her competitive days were winding down, Mehrtens assumed she'd take a job in an accounting firm. It was a random question from the senior women's sports administrator at Florida, Ann Marie Rogers, that set her on the career path at which she's excelled for nearly two decades. This article features Kelly Mehrtens, one of the few individuals who has managed to become a part of a small but growing club of women athletic directors at Division I schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida