Harter Receives Administrator of the Year Award
Published on 09 August 2018
Jill Harter, director of athletics, fitness and recreation, has been named a 2018 Administrator of the Year by Women Leaders in College Sports, a professional membership organization that develops, connects and advances women leaders in intercollegiate athletics.
Harter is one of eight individuals being honored for administrative excellence in intercollegiate athletics. The Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to Women Leaders in College Sports members in each NCAA division: Division I, FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA/NJCAA or Conference/Organization. Harter was named the 2018 award winner in the NAIA/NJCAA category.
“I was shocked to hear I’d won the award,” Harter said. “St. Louis College of Pharmacy is known for academics, but we don’t have a typical athletic program. To have our efforts recognized in this way feels very special.”
Women Leaders in College Sports grants this honor to women who are dedicated to leadership and service, and those who are committed to championing student-athletes and their colleagues, institutions and conferences.
“The awards committee looks for individuals who promote excellence in intercollegiate athletics, provide mentorship and professional development to their staff, demonstrate leadership and vision when promoting women’s athletics, are committed to the education and welfare of student-athletes and serve as a positive role model to all,” explained Rachel DeSchepper, senior director of marketing and digital strategy for Women Leaders in College Sports. “These were all talents that the committee saw in Jill.”
Harter has headed the athletics, fitness and recreation department at the College for almost 15 years. During that time, she has expanded the department from a single administrator with a team of coaches to a staff of 23.
Harter has instituted many changes within the athletics department in recent years, including growing the size of the sports program, increasing the number of athletics staff and overhauling the athletic scholarship model. Teams also have a permanent home on campus following the fall 2017 opening of the College’s $50 million Recreation and Student Center, which houses a competition gymnasium and training facilities.
“I’ve been very proud of the accomplishments I’ve been able to make over the years,” Harter explained. “I have had a lot of help along the way, and having the support of President Pieper and the campus community has been invaluable.”
Outside the College, Harter serves as treasurer of the American Midwest Conference, and is a representative on the NAIA National Administrative Committee. Her background also includes time serving as president of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“What is so rewarding, from an administrator’s standpoint, is the dedication of the talented individuals in the College’s athletics department,” said Harter. “They are the ones who get the job done, and their commitment to our students, and the institution, represents what STLCOP athletics stands for.”
Harter and the other Women in College Sports award winners will be recognized this October at the Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention in Atlanta.