NACWAA to honor former ETSU athletics director Janice Shelton
Dr. Janice Shelton
Dr. Janice Shelton

Friday, October 10, 2003

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2003) - Longtime East Tennessee State University athletics administrator Dr. Janice Shelton will be honored by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators on Sunday, Oct. 12, for her distinguished work in the field of intercollegiate athletics. Dr. Shelton will receive the NACWAA Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Nike, which is given to retired administrators in an effort to recognize their achievements and service while part of college athletics and the ETSU community. On Jan. 1, 1991, Dr. Shelton became ETSU's ninth Director of Athletics. The first female to hold that position at the school, she was one of only six women in the country responsible for the direction of an NCAA Division I athletic program when she was named to the post. Dr. Shelton, who retired from the top athletics job at ETSU in 1995, was experienced in all aspects of NCAA, Southern Conference, and ETSU athletics administration. Under her direction, over 25 conference, state and regional tournaments were held at ETSU in basketball, gymnastics, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Dr. Shelton served as chair of the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee and chaired and/or served on numerous conference committees. During her tenure as chair of the Women's Basketball Committee, the Southern Conference received its first automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament and the conference chose a permanent site for the women's basketball tournament. Dr. Shelton has an excellent background in athletics, having been a player, coach and official. She joined the ETSU program in 1968 as head women's basketball coach, physical education instructor and women's intramural director. She became assistant athletics director and coordinator of women's athletics in 1974, was named associate athletics director in 1980, and interim director of athletics in May of 1990. Dr. Shelton coached basketball and volleyball and Georgetown College in Kentucky before coming to ETSU in 1968. She also has a wide reputation as a highly capable official. She officiated on state, regional and national levels. Dr. Shelton received the ETSU Distinguished Staff Award in 1987 and was honored with the 1991 Altrusa Club Honorarium Award for Women and Industry. She also received the 1991 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators NCAA District II Administrator-of-the-Year Award. She is active in community and church work as well. A native of Kentucky, Dr. Shelton graduated from Georgetown College in 1966 with a degree in physical education and biology. She received her master's degree in physical education/administration from the University of Kentucky in 1968 and in 1979 earned her doctorate in sport psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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