Jacqueline P. Blackett joined the staff at Columbia University in 1989 and became an Athletics Administrator in 1993, after four years as the head coach of Columbia’s women’s track and field and cross country programs. A member of the senior management team of the Department for 25 years, Blackett has worked closely with the past three Athletics Directors on the strategic management and overall success of over 5,000 student-athletes.
Currently serving as the Sr. Associate, Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation, Senior Woman Administrator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator; Blackett has general oversight of Varsity Athletics and is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the Department. She has direct sports supervision for men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s squash, men’s and women’s cross country/track & field and women’s volleyball programs. Blackett also oversees Physical Education and Recreation which provides service for 36 clubs and sports programs, 16 intramural activities, group fitness, campus recreation and the University’s required physical education program. As the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Blackett is charged with communicating information regarding University policies related to sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and other gender-based misconduct.
Blackett served as the Department’s Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services from 1993 to 2010 and was responsible for compliance and Student-Athlete Well-Being, while acting as the Department’s liaison to a variety of offices on campus. In July 2009, Blackett was recognized for her outstanding efforts on behalf of Columbia’s student-athletes when she was named the Jostens Administrator of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).
Active in NCAA Division I Governance, Blackett began service to the membership in 2002 as a member of the Division I Academic/Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet (AEC). As a member of the AEC she was selected to be one of the consultants chosen by the Presidents of the Board of Directors to initiate a study on the issue of academic reform. This work led to the development of the Academic Performance Program which measures the academic success of all Division I student-athletes. Blackett would later Chair the AEC from 2005-2007. Following her time on the AEC Blackett served as a member of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee and the Women’s Soccer Regional Selection Committee before returning to academic governance as a member of the NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet from 2012-2015, serving as the Chair from 2013-2014.
Currently a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics (COA), Blackett serves on the Penalty and Appeals sub-committee and represents the COA on the Division I Council’s Legislative Committee. Blackett also holds membership in Women’s Leadership in College Sports.
Prior to joining the Columbia University staff, Blackett served as the Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach at the University of Rochester where she led the Yellowjackets to their best ever NCAA finish as a runner-up at the 1989 championships. Seven of the eight members of the Rochester Hall of Fame competed under Blackett’s leadership.
A Barbados native who grew up in Brooklyn, Blackett was an outstanding athlete at the University of Rochester, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1981.
Blackett currently resides in Morningside Heights, N.Y.