AD DeFilippo Joins Panel on Title IX

AD DeFilippo Joins Panel on Title IX

United States Secretary of Education Rod Paige has named Boston College Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo to a blue-ribbon panel of sports professionals and educators that will examine ways to improve the 30-year-old Title IX federal anti-discrimination law designed to increase opportunities for women in school athletic programs.

The commission will hold a series of public meetings to seek information from athletes, parents, coaches, educators and other experts regarding the application and enforcement of the Title IX legislation that was passed in 1972 to expand opportunities and ensure fairness for all college student-athletes.

"I am very happy and honored to have been selected to serve on this prestigious committee, and I think it's good for Boston College that our feelings and thoughts can be shared," DeFilippo said.

The commission will submit recommendations to Paige by Jan. 31.

Cynthia Cooper, a former WNBA player and coach, and Ted Leland, director of athletics at Stanford University, are co-chairing the panel.

In addition to DeFilippo, commission members include Prof. Percy Bates of the University of Michigan; University of Iowa Athletic Director Robert Bowlsby; Donna DeVerona of the US Olympic Committee; Julie Foudy of the Women's Sports Foundation; and Thomas Griffith, general counsel of Brigham Young University.

Also, Northern Illinois University Athletic Director Cary Groth; Lisa Graham Keegan of the Education Leadership Council; Notre Dame Women's Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw; Conference USA Commissioner Mike Slive; Prof. Rita Simon of American University; Graham Spanier, president of Pennsylvania State University; and University of Maryland Athletic Director Deborah A. Yow.

"The members of this commission are on the front line," Paige said, "facing the difficult issues in athletics every day.

"I am confident that they will provide us with valuable guidance as to how we better expand opportunities for all young Americans - girls and boys, women and men - in the classroom and on the playing field," he said.

-Reid Oslin


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