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King University News :: UT's Director of Women's Athletics to Speak at King College & Bristol Train Station

King College and the Buechner Institute welcome Joan Cronan, director of women's athletics for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Cronan will speak at King's Memorial Chapel and the Bristol Train Station on Oct. 24, as part of the Institute's 2011-2012 Lecture Series.

Joan Cronan, a frequent presence on ESPN discussions of college sports and the leader of athletic programming at the University of Tennessee, brings a fresh dimension to our programming this year, said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King College. I'm sure that many in the region will want to hear her talk about the role that sports play in our culture.

Cronan has served UT as the women's athletic director since 1983. The UT Lady Vols have garnered a reputation as one of the most visible and respected programs in the nation. UT's successes in both the athletic and academic realms occurred under the vision and direction of Cronan. Her teams have finished in the top two in the New York Times' Southeastern Conference's Women's All-Sport Award for five of the past six years, including three first-place finishes. In three of the past five years, all eleven Lady Vols teams participated in postseason play. Cronan also recently served as interim vice chancellor/director of athletics for the UT.

It's an incredible privilege for the King community to have the opportunity to hear Joan share her vision, values, and heart that have led her during her journey to becoming one of the most successful administrators in intercollegiate athletics, said David Hicks, athletic director for King College. Her record and accomplishments speak for themselves, and we can all learn from the ideals she has applied to her own life and career.

Cronan was named National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators 2005 Athletic Director of the Year. In 2004, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) honored her as the Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year.

Cronan is a past president of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, is active on the boards of First Tennessee Bank and the YMCA, and has served as vice chair of the Leadership Knoxville, the NCAA's Executive Committee, Management Council, as well as the NCAA's Council. She is a member of the NCAA Championship Cabinet and the Southeastern Conference Executive Committee. She works closely with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action, serving as a board member for her local FCA chapter and as a national trustee. In 2003, Cronan was inducted in to the FCA Hall of Champions.

Joan Cronan is an exceptional female leader in a male-dominated profession, said former student and long time friend Susie Toomey, professor and chair for the physical education department at King College. She is a gifted administrator, a dynamic communicator, and a visionary and passionate voice in women's athletics. However, I am most impressed that while serving in such a high profile position, she has remained a warm, genuine person who has been a model of integrity and grace.

Joan Cronan will present Building Leadership at 10:30 a.m. in King's Memorial Chapel, and at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Train Station, she will present Game Plan for Success. Both events are open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit