NEW YORK – Columbia University Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Pierre Pilling announced today that Jacqueline Blackett was promoted to assistant director of intercollegiate athletics. Blackett most recently served as Senior Associate, Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation and Senior Women’s Administrator since 2010.
In addition to his current job responsibilities, Blackett will work with Pilling on a daily basis to manage the overall functioning of the athletics department. Blackett will be instrumental in reviewing all departmental policies and post-pandemic strategic planning with the goal of improving the department’s ability and ability to compete effectively for championships and create an enabling environment for all. staff and student-athletes.
In her role of Principal Associate, Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Principal Administrator and Assistant Title IX Coordinator; Blackett has overall supervision of Varsity Athletics. She directly supervises sports for the women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s cross-country / athletics programs. Blackett also oversees Physical Education and Recreation, which provides services to 36 sports clubs and programs, 16 intramural activities, group fitness activities, on-campus recreation and the compulsory physical education program of the university. As Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Blackett is responsible for communicating information regarding University policies relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, criminal harassment and other gender-based misconduct.
“Jackie is an incredibly talented and experienced athletic administrator who has been committed to the advancement of Columbia Athletics for over 30 years,” said Pilling. “She is a well-respected leader throughout Colombia, the Ivy League and the NCAA. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue working alongside Jackie in this high and well-deserved role.”
Blackett spent 32 years in the Columbia Sports Department as the administrator and head coach of the Lions’ women’s track and field and cross-country programs. She became a director in 1993 and was a member of the sports department leadership team for over 25 years.
Blackett is also heavily involved in the governance of Division I of the NCAA. She began serving members in 2002 as a member of the I Academic / Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet (AEC) Division. As a member of the AEC, she was actively involved in the issue of academic reform. Blackett would later chair the AEC from 2005 to 2007. Following her stint at the AEC, Blackett served on the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee and the Women’s Soccer Regional Selection Committee before returning to university governance in as a member of the NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet from 2012 to 2015, as President from 2013-14. From 2015 to 21, Blackett served on the Academics Committee (COA) where she worked on the Sanctions and Appeals Subcommittee, co-chaired the Academic Wrestling Improvement Working Group, served on the Working Group on the transfer as well as to the subsequent working group on Transfers. Blackett has also represented the ACO on the DI Legislative Council.
Blackett is currently a member of the NCAA Division I board, a high-level group responsible for day-to-day decision making for Division I. In addition to serving on the board’s eight-person coordinating committee, Blackett is also the Vice-Chairman of the Legislative Committee. Blackett is also a member of Women’s Leaders in College Sports and sits on the Columbia University Community Impact Board.
A native of Barbados who grew up in Brooklyn, Blackett was an outstanding student-athlete at the University of Rochester, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.