Brown Hosts Events Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Enactment of Title IX

Brown Hosts Events Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Enactment of Title IX

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown University Department of Athletics hosted a pair of events on Wednesday, October 10th, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Title IX's enactment. Athletic and academic administrators, coaches and students gathered to remember the past, to celebrate the present, and to discuss the continued support and evolution for all involved in women's sports. 

The first event, an afternoon panel discussion, featured five experts in careers ranging from coaching to business to sports journalism and broadcasting.  Panelists included current Brown women's soccer coach Phil Pincince, Brown alumnae Carolyn Thornton '90 and Nancy Fuld Neff '76, Doris Burke and Melissa Hem.  Thornton played softball at Brown and is currently a writer for the Providence Journal.  Neff is a Brown Corporation member and former tennis and basketball player for the Bears.  Burke is a commentator and analyst for ESPN and ABC, while Melissa Hem is a marketing and development professional.  Topics of discussion included the skills intrinsic to student-athletes and how they prepared the panelists for successful careers, and the evolution of coaching and recruiting during the Title IX era.

In the evening session, three individuals shared their perspectives on Title IX. Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes opened the evening, remarking about the importance of Title IX as it pertains to the strength of intercollegiate programs. Lindsay Nickel, co-president of SAAC and a women’s basketball player at Brown, addressed the audience sharing her personal appreciation for those who had paved the way for her increased opportunities.  Finally, Brown welcomed Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris, who shared her vision and broader perspective about Title IX, how it currently relates to the Ivy League, and where she hopes the League will be well into the future.

To view a photo gallery of the day's events, click here.

Pictured (l-r): Nancy Fuld Neff ’76, Melissa Hem, Phil Pincince, Carolyn Thornton ’90, Doris Burke. Photo by