LOCK HAVEN – Recently, the University of Lock Haven celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX with a presentation in the auditorium of the Price Performance Center with guest speaker and alumnus Dr. Karen Weaver.
During the presentation, which was attended by many LHU student-athletes, Weaver shared practical insights and advice on how to help champion Title IX efforts now and in the future.
Weaver encouraged female students to become more inclusive by expanding their horizons and investing in women’s sports in their local communities.
“Dr. Weaver provided words of inspiration and encouragement regarding the accomplishments in the first 50 years of Title IX and the challenges and opportunities we all need to focus on in order to make a difference in the next 50 years. of Title IX”, said Albert Jones, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “His personal story and experiences resonated so positively in the LHU community. His challenge for students, faculty and staff was to think differently by identifying and incorporating innovative ways to make a difference in the world. C This is the spark that will help ignite a movement for positive change at LHU.
“I am confident that the passion, knowledge and guidance shared by Dr. Karen Weaver during our Title IX 50th Anniversary Celebration will have an impactful ripple effect that will be discussed at the Title IX 100th Anniversary Celebration” , said LHU field hockey assistant coach Anna Rogers. “It was an honor to host someone of Dr Weaver’s stature, not just as a valued guest, but as an alumnus returning to The Haven to give back to a university she holds so close to his heart. We appreciate her time with us and hope she can come back to visit us soon.”
Jones and Rogers helped coordinate the event and celebration.
Weaver graduated from LHU in 1980 and is a former standout field hockey player at The Haven. She is also a former head coach and administrator of Division I and III athletics, who is considered an expert on college sports as it intersects with higher education management, media and politics, as well as the title IX.
Weaver broke ground throughout her career, from being one of the first to earn a field hockey scholarship under Title IX, to working as the first English-language field hockey broadcast host at the Olympics. of 1996 and for the Big Ten Network. She has always used her experiences at Lock Haven University to uplift others.
Currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Weaver examines college athletics from the perspective of university presidents and administrators, athletic conference organization, academics, and sports finance. His research focuses on mid-major and FBS Division I institutions, public finance and facility debt policies, and the role senior college leaders can and should play in managing athletics.
Weaver has been with Penn GSE since 2007, when she began her doctoral studies in higher education management. After graduating, she left a more than 30-year career in college athletics to join the faculty of Drexel University. She started teaching at Penn GSE in 2012 and joined as an adjunct assistant professor in 2020.
Weaver is a regular Forbes.com contributor and an executive producer and host of the podcast “Directors and Presidents”. She led a research team on behalf of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on the governance of athletics and published over 50 articles.
His full University of Pennsylvania biography can be viewed at www.gse.upenn.edu/academics/faculty-directory/weaver.