30 Sep Jacqueline Blackett Promoted to Deputy Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
NEW YORK — Columbia University Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Peter Pilling announced today that Jacqueline Blackett has been promoted to Deputy Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Blackett has most recently served as the Senior Associate, Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation and Senior Woman Administrator since 2010.
In addition to her current job responsibilities, Blackett will work with Pilling on a daily basis to run the overall operation of the athletics department. Blackett will be instrumental in the review of all department policies and post-pandemic strategic planning with the goal to enhance the department’s capacity and ability to effectively compete for championships and create a supportive environment for all staff and student-athletes.
In her role as the Senior Associate, Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation, Senior Woman Administrator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator; Blackett has general oversight of Varsity Athletics. She has direct sports supervision for women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s cross country/track & field programs. Blackett also oversees Physical Education and Recreation which provides service for 36 clubs and sports programs, 16 intramural activities, group fitness, campus recreation and the University’s required physical education program. As the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Blackett is charged with communicating information regarding University policies related to sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and other gender-based misconduct.
“Jackie is an incredibly talented and experienced athletic administrator who has been committed to the advancement of Columbia Athletics for over 30 years,” Pilling said. “She is a highly respected leader throughout Columbia, the Ivy League and the NCAA. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to work alongside Jackie in this elevated and much deserved role.”
Blackett has spent 32 years in Columbia’s Athletic Department as both an administrator and head coach of the Lions’ women’s track & field and cross-country programs. She became an administrator in 1993 and has served as a member of the athletic department’s senior management team for 25+ years.
Blackett is also heavily involved in NCAA Division I Governance. She began service to the membership in 2002 as a member of the Division I Academic/Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet (AEC). As a member of the AEC she was actively involved with the issue of academic reform. Blackett would later Chair the AEC from 2005-2007. Following her time on the AEC, Blackett served as a member of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee and the Women’s Soccer Regional Selection Committee before returning to academic governance as a member of the NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet from 2012-15, serving as the Chair from 2013-14. From 2015-21 Blackett served on the Committee on Academics (COA) where she worked on the Penalty and Appeals sub-committee, co-chaired the Wrestling Academic Enhancement Working Group, served on the Transfer Working Group as well as the subsequent Working Group on Transfers. Blackett also represented COA on the DI Legislative Council.
Blackett is currently a member of the NCAA Division I Council, a high-level group responsible for the day-to-day decision making for Division I. In addition to serving on the Council’s eight-person Coordination Committee, Blackett is also the Vice-Chair of the Legislative Committee. Blackett also holds membership in Women’s Leaders in College Sports and sits on the Board of Community Impact at Columbia University.
A Barbados native who grew up in Brooklyn, Blackett was an outstanding student-athlete at the University of Rochester, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
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