Dr. M. Grace Calhoun
Calhoun resigns as Director of Athletics
Membership to take effect July 1, 2013
Money raised helps to enhance the student-athlete experience
Veteran administrator comes to Loyola from Northwestern University
Ramblers welcome three new additions to department
Currently serving in her second year as the Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics at Loyola University Chicago, Calhoun has been charged with the rebirth of the Ramblers' historic athletics program. Perhaps best known for promoting social justice through The Game of Change culminating in the 1963 Division I Men's Basketball National Championship, Calhoun has worked tirelessly to enhance the integration of intercollegiate athletics into the university's mission of holistic education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition of developing persons for others. This has included guiding campus dialogue evaluating the role of physical development and wellness within a modern transformative education.
While working to enhance the program's national presence, Calhoun has served as a visible member of the Loyola and Chicago communities. In her short tenure, she has made a significant impact on the Ramblers' physical, human and financial resources, opening two new facilities, restructuring and hiring 40 new coaches/staff, and increasing external revenue streams nearly 300 percent through creative corporate/private partnerships and renewed alumni interest. Calhoun also launched a re-branding campaign featuring strategic marketing and new logos.
From 2005-2011, Calhoun served as an associate athletics director at Indiana University (senior woman administrator three of those years). In this role, Calhoun directed campus outreach and academic and student engagement for the Hoosiers. Calhoun was instrumental in the formation of Indiana's Excellence Academy, an innovative student development program to define, measure, and assess student learning through athletics participation. Calhoun also directed compliance and eligibility, managed conference/NCAA governance, oversaw major projects, and served as a sport administrator for women's basketball and wrestling.
From 2002-2005, Calhoun served as an associate athletics director at Dartmouth College where she oversaw compliance, governance, academic support and student development initiatives and coordinated major projects. As Associate Executive Director of the Patriot League from 1998-2002, Calhoun directed conference/national governance and compliance, served as sport liaison for 19 of the conference's 22 sports, and managed championships. Calhoun got her start in college athletics as a track and field athlete at Brown University where she graduated magna cum laude in electrical engineering and served as an academic team captain. After a brief stint as an engineering consultant, Calhoun began her professional career in athletics as a graduate assistant/intern at the University of Florida.
Dedicated to national governance, Calhoun has chaired the NCAA's Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid cabinet, successfully guiding a two-year, national student-athlete welfare initiative. She has also chaired the NCAA Research Committee, served on the Track and Field and Olympic Sport Liaison Committees, and is currently serving on the Committee on Academic Performance. Calhoun served on NACWAA's Nominating Committee (2006-08), and in 2009 was recognized with the NACWAA Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award.
Calhoun and her husband Jason, a PGA golf professional, have three living children - Alexandra, Madeline and Eleanor. The Calhouns are heavily involved in supporting heart units of several Midwest children's hospitals and the Ronald McDonald House in memory of their late son Jameson.