Southwestern Director of Athletics Honored
Glada Munt, the director of athletics at Southwestern University, has been named the 2008-09 Division III West Region Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year. She will receive the award June 20 at the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Munt joined the Southwestern athletics staff in 1975 as the women’s volleyball and tennis coach. She served as assistant director of athletics from 1988-1995 before being named director of athletics in 1995. Under her leadership, student-athlete participation has increased by nearly 30 percent, the total budget for intercollegiate athletics has increased by more than 80 percent and 15 new full-time positions have been added. She also has been instrumental in the addition of two new varsity sports women’s softball and men’s lacrosse. The department also has added two soccer fields, a softball field, a tennis complex and a new baseball complex.
Munt has received several previous recognitions for her work. In 2006, she was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators as the NCAA Division III Athletic Director of the Year. In 2005, she was one of 12 NCAA Division III athletic administrators to be selected by the Institute for International Sport to be a Sport Ethics Fellow. For her accomplishments as a volleyball coach, she was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Southwestern University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Southwestern University has honored her with various awards, including the Pearl A. Neas Award and the Joe Mundy award, both for outstanding service to the institution.
Munt has not only provided her expertise for those at Southwestern, she has also been active at the national level in numerous capacities. Positions that she has held during her career include NCAA Division III representative to the Honda Awards Committee, member of the NCAA Division III National Volleyball Committee, chair of the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship South Regional Selection Committee, member of the NAGWS Volleyball Rules Committee (1985-89), member of the USVA Board of Directors (1984-88, Olympic Quadrennium), member of the NAIA National Volleyball Championships Tournament Committee (1984-87) and president of the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Association (1986-88).
Munt earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, a master’s degree from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.