Campus Connection: Donna Ledwin
The final installment of Campus Connection’s female conference commissioner series features Donna Ledwin, the commissioner and sports information director of Division III’s Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. After working on campus for 15 years and serving as the athletic director at two different institutions, Ledwin became the AMCC commissioner in 2002. Based just outside Pittsburgh, Ledwin was named the 2007 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Jostens Female Administrator of the Year.
In this interview, Ledwin talks about a day in the life of a D-III conference commissioner/SID, her motivation for getting involved in sports, and the impact of Title IX on her career.
Here is an excerpt of the interview with Ledwin.
Q: I’m sure some people wonder what a conference commissioner does, especially at the Division III level. Is it tougher that you serve as both the conference commissioner and the sports information director?
A: In Division III, I’m not alone as a commissioner … There are many athletic directors out there who wear multiple hats. So we do an awful lot of different things. I just happen to enjoy the sports information stuff, I have a background in it. It’s my connection to the student-athletes and that’s why I don’t want to give it up.
Q: As a female administrator, what has Title IX meant to you and without it, do you think you would be as successful as you are today?
A: I would have to say that Title IX influenced my career tremendously. I think if I hadn’t had that opportunity (to receive a tennis scholarship to Fordham), I wouldn’t have made the connection between sports and education as a career. It really took me to where I am today.
Be sure to check out the other two interviews that were completed for this series that honors the 36th anniversary of Title IX:
Bernadette McGlade, commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference (Division I).
Julie Ruppert, commissioner of the Northeast-10 Conference (Division II).
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