Aug 15, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- University Tennessee Women's Athletics Director Emeritus Joan Cronan is one of three people to join the Pat Summitt Foundation Advisory Board, chairman James A. Haslam announced on Thursday.
Cronan spent more than twenty-eight years as Tennessee women's athletics director. Under her leadership the Lady Vols became one of the most visible and well-respected programs in the country, amassing ten NCAA national championship titles, 46 top-five NCAA finishes, and 29 Southeastern Conference regular-season championships.
Her success at Tennessee allowed Cronan to serve in many distinguished and prominent leadership roles at the national athletics organizational levels. In 2010 she was appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, and in the 2008-2009 academic year she was selected as the president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics by her peers.
In 2011 she stepped in to serve as vice chancellor and interim director of UT athletics for three months, the first person in UT history to hold that position. Cronan was named women's athletics director emeritus effective July 2012, and continues to represent the university and community through speaking appearances and as a senior advisor.
Also named to the board were Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, and Dr. John H. Dougherty Jr., medical director of the Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.