INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field CEO Doug Logan and Chairman/President Stephanie Hightower on Thursday announced that 1984 Olympic gold medalist and prominent business executive Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has been hired as USA Track & Field's Chief of Sport Performance. She will begin work with the organization on July 1.
The 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the 100m hurdles, Fitzgerald Mosley comes to USATF after serving as President and CEO of Women In Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the oldest and largest organization serving women professionals in the industry, since 2001. At USATF, she will be responsible for overseeing all of USATF's High Performance and Sport Science programs, and will be the point person charged with achieving Logan's previously stated goal of 30 Team USA medals in track and field competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Under her aegis will be USATF's athlete development programs, USA team management, national relay management, elite athlete services, sport science programs, coaching education and management of meet officials.
At WICT, Fitzgerald Mosley managed all activities of the nationally recognized organization of nearly 8,000 members, including staff, budget, fundraising, programs, events marketing and member services. In 2004, she was named Cable TV Executive of the Year by Television Week. She previously worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee in various administrative and developmental capacities, including as Director of the USOC's Olympic Training Centers from 1997-2000.
"Throughout my professional and athletic careers, I have always been motivated by taking on challenges and pursuing the highest levels of success," said Fitzgerald Mosley. "The opportunity to take the lead in USA Track & Field's efforts to win 30 medals in London, and to maximize our athletes' potential across all event groups, was something I could not pass up. I am incredibly excited about working with Doug and the USATF team."
"No single individual on the administration side will have a bigger impact on the fortunes of Team USA than Benita," Logan said. "She has already proven herself as a world-class athlete, operational manager and organizational leader, and she is a sophisticated communicator. I have no doubt that our High Performance programs will be revolutionized under her leadership."
"We are fortunate that one of our own has chosen to share her portfolio of organizational and nonprofit leadership skills toward the success of our sport," Hightower said.
Logan launched a national search for the position as soon as he created it in February. After considering at least 20 candidates, he interviewed six, with Fitzgerald Mosley emerging as the top choice.
As an athlete, Fitzgerald Mosley in 1984 became the second American woman to win the Olympic 100m hurdles and the first African-American to do so. She was a gold medalist at the 1983 Pan American Games, an eight-time national champion and 15-time All-American. A 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in industrial engineering, she was a three-time NCAA outdoor champion in the 100m hurdles. The native of Virginia was named Top Female Sports Figure of the Century from the state by Sports Illustrated.
She is a trustee and past president of the Board of Trustees of the Women's Sports Foundation, and is a member of the advisory boards of iVillage and WE: Women's Entertainment. Most recently, Fitzgerald Mosley served on USATF's Project 30 Task Force, which conducted a review of all USATF High Performance programs.
"Benita came highly recommended to be a panelist on the Project 30 Task Force," Logan said. "I had never met her but quickly was impressed by her work with the panel. Her professionalism, keen mind, devotion to the sport and ability to quickly and ably cut to the root of an issue became very apparent, very quickly. Those qualities are just a few that she will contribute to her success at USA Track & Field."
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States, with oversight of programs ranging from youth track and field to selecting and managing Team USA for international competition. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org
For thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide leadership programs and services, and create professional advancement opportunities for women. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry.
WICT develops women leaders who transform our industry through highly regarded professional events, educational programming and networking opportunities. Comcast, Rainbow, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT's 2009 Strategic Partners providing the highest level of financial support for WICT programs, services and advocacy.