The 2019 Women Leaders in College Sports Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year began her duties as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at the University of Wyoming on Feb. 1, 2018.
Jude oversees sports medicine, sports performance, nutritionists, athletics training table, fueling station, strategic planning, gender equity, and diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as sport oversight of volleyball and soccer. As the Senior Woman Administrator, she also represents the department on the Mountain West Conference Nominating Committee and serves as Sports Liaison to Women’s Soccer.
Since her arrival, she has created strategies on addressing sexual assault/violence, served as Chair of the University-Wide Black 14 Commemoration Week, Coordinated the celebration of women who competed prior to the passing of Title IX, successfully launched a barbershop and strengthen the department’s diversity and inclusion recruitment and professional development programming.
Before Wyoming, Jude served as Assistant Vice President and Athletics Director at Queens College for over six years, assuming those duties in August 2011.
Jude was former Chair of the NCAA Minority Opportunities Interest Committee (MOIC), where she led the creation of the Champions of Diversity and Inclusion, featuring non-ethnic minority athletic administrators who advocate for underrepresented populations. She currently serves on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee, President of the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA), and Founder of the Women of Color (WoC) Athletics Director Network, that promotes mentorship, influences policy and engages in advocacy for women of color in senior executive leadership positions in the industry. Jude has been one of the consistent voices to speak on the economic impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion in intercollegiate athletics.
A native of Waukegan, Ill., Jude completed her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Alabama State in 1994. She earned a master's degree in sports administration and marketing from the United States Sports Academy in 1996. Jude completed her doctor of education (Ed.D.) in athletic administration from Northcentral University in 2017.
Jude's family has a rich history of serving in the United States military. Her son, Tommy Jr., served seven years in the U.S. Army before his honorably discharged, and her father was a Navy veteran. Jude, herself, served in the U.S. Naval Reserves, earning an honorable discharge.
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