Women Leaders in College Sports Hires Christina Turner as Chief of Staff

June 11, 2018

Rachel DeSchepper
Women Leaders in College Sports

Kansas City, MO—Women Leaders in College Sports, the nation’s premier leadership association that develops, connects, and advances women working in intercollegiate athletics has announced the hiring of Christina Turner as Chief of Staff, a newly created position.

Turner is slated to start July 23, 2018, and will be responsible for serving as an advisor to the chief executive officer, facilitating the organization’s vision, and enabling other members of the leadership team to work together and get decisions at the top made faster. 

Turner is one of Women Leaders most active members. Since 2016, she has led the Women Leaders Membership Committee, and in 2015, she graduated from the NCAA/Women Leaders Institute for Administrative Advancement. She has also presented twice at the Women Leaders National Convention on new member engagement.

Turner comes to the Women Leaders team from Colgate University where she was assistant athletic director for administration, director of recreation and chair of physical education. She had been working within Colgate’s Division of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics since June 2011 and had been promoted twice.

In Turner's assistant athletic director role, she managed several aspects of the division’s internal operations and oversaw a team of eight full-time staff, more than 25 part-time employee, and 50 student employees. Turner also oversaw the division's human resources administration (new hire searches, employee on-boarding, job descriptions, performance reviews) and participated in the development and maintenance of university HR policies and procedures. In her role as director of recreation and chair of physical education, Turner oversaw the comprehensive collegiate recreation program that provides recreation opportunities for the entire campus community.

Prior to Colgate, Turner worked with the Campus Recreation and Wellness Department at East Carolina University while pursuing her master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Turner attended Eastern Connecticut State University as an undergrad and was a four-year member of the women’s basketball program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management.

“We are thrilled to hire Christina Turner and welcome her to the national office staff,” says Patti Phillips, Women Leaders in College Sports chief executive officer. “Because of her vast experiences on campuses, in developing organizational processes, and as a very engaged Women Leaders member, she will be a tremendous asset—not only to us as a staff, but to our entire growing membership.”

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About Women Leaders in College Sports

Founded in 1979, Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA; womenleadersincollgesports.org) is the only nationally recognized collegiate professional membership organization whose mission is to develop, connect, and advance women leaders working in intercollegiate athletics. More than 3,500 members strong, Women Leaders promotes the growth, leadership, and success of women as athletics administrators, conference commissioners, professional staff, coaches, and student-athletes. Follow Women Leaders on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @WomenLeadersCS.