Dr. Janice C. Shelton
2007 Honorary Alumni
Athletics has always been a passion of Dr. Janice C. Shelton. From her early years, a love of sports has taken her from being part of a team to directing some of the biggest sporting events in the Southeast. Shelton received a B.S. in physical education and biology in 1966 from Georgetown College, Kentucky. Following graduation she was named women's basketball and volleyball coach at Georgetown College. Shelton then graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1968 where she received a Master of Arts in physical education and sports administration.
She went on to earn a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1980. Her doctoral areas were sport psychology and measurements.
Shelton 's first job was a physical education teaching position with Stonewall Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky , but she would not stay here long. Shelton arrived at East Tennessee State University in 1968 to be the Women's Basketball Coach. In 1973, she worked as an assistant professor and was later promoted to associate professor with the Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences. In 1990, Dr. Shelton was named Athletics Director at ETSU until her retirement in 1995. Shelton was the first female selected to the position at the school. At her hiring, she was one of only six female A.D.'s at NCAA Division I institutions in the country.
After leaving ETSU, Shelton served on the Atlanta Committee on Olympic Games in 1996, working with volleyball Paralympics and serving as the Director of the Secretariat of Sitting Volleyball. Later that same year, she returned to ETSU and served as Associate Dean for the College of Education. In 2003, Shelton served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Georgetown College for two years.
Throughout her career, Shelton has held numerous titles and has served on several boards and committees to support and advance women's athletics. From 1968 until 1990, Shelton directed five TCWSF State Tournaments, four Association Intercollegiate of Athletics for Women (AIAW) Regional Tournaments, which included basketball, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball tournaments. She served as Southern Conference Commission from 1990-1991. Shelton was also a chair of the Tennessee Association of Girl's and Women's Sports, the Tennessee College Women's Sports Federation Ethics and Eligibility Chair, and the AIAW Southern Region Ethics and Eligibility Chair. She has also served on the AIAW President's Committee on Ethics and Eligibility legislation.
Shelton has received several honors throughout her life. In 1987 she was awarded the ETSU Distinguished Staff Award; in 1991 she was awarded the NCAA/NACWAA District III Administrator of the Year; in 1991 she also received the Altrusa Honorarium Award for Women in Business and Industry; she was inducted into Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. Shelton also received the Nike NACWAA Life-Time Achievement Award in 2003.