April 20, 2010
CLEVELAND - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced today that Barbara Hedges, former director of athletics at the University of Washington has been selected by the NACDA Officers and Executive Committee to be the recipient of the 44th James J. Corbett Memorial Award.
The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who "through the years has most typified Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment." Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA's first president in 1965. The award is the highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.
Additionally, Hedges will receive an honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), an educational institute sponsored by NACDA and the universities of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern California and Texas.
Hedges, a 2009 NACDA Hall of Fame inductee and the first female president of the Association in 1996-97, served as the director of athletics at Washington from 1991-2004. In 1998, she was the first woman named to the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation.
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as the 2010 James J. Corbett Memorial Award recipient," said Hedges. "The past recipients of this award are among the most distinguished and accomplished men and women in intercollegiate athletics, many of whom were the leaders who developed college athletics administration as we know it today. I am humbled to be in this exceptional group."
Among her accomplishments, Hedges' led the Washington "Campaign for the Student-Athlete" which raised over $100 million for capital improvements. The campaign provided monies for the renovation of the basketball arena (Hec Edmundson Pavilion-Bank of America Arena), created a Husky Hall of Fame, built a $29 million indoor practice facility and a $18 million academic and crew facility (completed in 2005). She also helped secure a $1 million gift from the Seattle Seahawks to install FieldTurf in Husky Stadium.
Hedges was also committed to gender equity, making the Washington campus one of the national leaders in providing equal opportunities for both male and female student-athletes. With a focus on the future success of student-athletes, Hedges started the "Total Student-Athlete Program" which was devoted to leadership training, mentor programs, career opportunities and community service. She also introduced the "U-Wired" program, which allowed student-athletes access to laptop computers while travelling for intercollegiate competition.
During her career, Hedges served on numerous committees and boards and has been the recipient of awards in athletics and in the community.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 45th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors.