The world’s preeminent college for women, Wellesley College is known for its intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service (and putting that belief into practice), and its cultivation in students of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Wellesley College is one of the leading undergraduate, liberal arts colleges in the United States. The College’s 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,350 undergraduate students. As a Division III institution, Wellesley Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics strives for excellence at the conference, regional, and national levels, while providing opportunities for students to achieve their potential and learn the values of discipline, leadership, critical thinking, and responsibility to oneself and to others.

Wellesley is a member of the New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), the Liberty League (Golf), and the Seven Sisters. The athletics program supports 13 varsity teams, a physical education program requiring all students to complete eight credits for graduation, and an array of wellness, competitive, and recreational club sports.

The Position

Responsibilities of the Position

The director/chair provides vision, strategic direction, and administrative leadership to the department of physical education, recreation, and athletics, focused on the personal growth and development of student-athletes and the overall physical well-being of all students. The director/chair is responsible for articulating the department’s vision and goals consistent with Wellesley’s mission and strategic priorities, fostering departmental traditions, and encouraging the principles of excellence, integrity, respect, sportsmanship, diversity, and inclusion. The director/chair also works institutionally to develop and build a culture that promotes wellness and wellness-related activities for all Wellesley students, faculty, and administrators. The director/chair leads and manages an organization with an annual budget of approximately $1.1 million, 13 varsity sports, 270 scholar athletes, nine competitive club sports, including 77 full and part-time positions throughout the department.

The director/chair also serves as the chair of the department of physical education and as such is the permanent chairperson of the faculty promotion and reappointments committee. Wellesley embraces a model that includes physical education, recreation and athletics within its liberal arts curriculum. The director/chair works cooperatively with faculty, administrators, and staff to coordinate programs and services across the curriculum to meet student needs.

Reporting to the provost/dean of the College, the director of athletics, chair of physical education and recreation will:

  • provide leadership and oversight to the entire athletics, physical education and recreation department including offering strategic direction as the department adjusts to the needs of the College;
  • manage the overall operations of and planning for the department of physical education, recreation and athletics, including selection, supervision and development of professional and student staff;
  • exercise strategic, sound fiscal management including budgeting and financial planning, forecasting, reporting, revenue generation, and cost efficiency; oversee annual operating and restricted budgets and stewardship of the department’s fiscal and facility resources;
  • direct event scheduling and management of community and public relations on behalf of the department;
  • administer high quality, student-centered, innovative, and cost effective programs;
  • oversee the planning, supervision, assessment, and evaluation of the academic department including its programs, services, and personnel;
  • provide leadership in the development and assessment of course, program, and institutional student learning outcomes;
  • be a visible and accessible champion and advocate for the scholar athlete experience; physical education, coaching, and recreation personnel; and the programs of physical education, recreation and athletics;
  • enhance and sustain a culture of academic and competitive excellence leading to sustained scholar athlete engagement with intercollegiate athletics;
  • work collaboratively with coaches and the office of admissions on the strategic recruitment of scholar athletes;
  • work collaboratively and productively with academic affairs, student affairs, and health and counseling around an emerging institutional health and wellness agenda;
  • develop relationships with alumnae and development, particularly in support of the athletics program;
  • provide strategic direction and oversight for the maintenance, construction and restoration of the athletics and recreational facilities with designs for future facility needs;
  • encourage and promote a diverse and inclusive community among all students, departmental faculty, and staff;
  • oversee the on-going professional development of the department faculty and staff;
  • ensure compliance with federal, NCAA, and College policies and procedures;
  • facilitate continuous improvement activities and lead change to ensure the department remains responsive to student and scholar athlete needs;
  • submit timely and accurate reporting to the NEWMAC Conference, federal, NCAA, and College departments.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

A master’s degree is required; significant, progressive professional experience leading a complex, dynamic, and diverse department is preferred. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive understanding of intercollegiate athletics administration, student-athlete development, and NCAA compliance within a Division III environment. A collaborative management approach, coupled with superior communication and relationship-building skills, strong planning and fiscal competencies, a familiarity with program development and assessment, excellent problem solving abilities, and a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness will be important considerations in the selection of the next director/chair of athletics.

In addition to the qualifications stated above, institutional key stakeholders identified the following list of additional capabilities and attributes of a successful candidate.

  • Demonstrate a collaborative personality and eagerness to extend self to others, including reaching out across campus with enrollment, advancement, student life, and within academic affairs.
  • Enjoy leading, problem-solving, building a high functioning team, and serving as a visible, prominent ambassador with units and entities external to the department and the institution.
  • Be a champion of the academic mission of the institution and for student-athletes, understanding the intersection of athletics and academics.
  • Create an environment where it is expected that all teams will be competitive and staff and coaches are responsible for developing competitive teams.
  • Value professional development, continuing education, and training for all members of the department.
  • Possess a passion for Wellesley College, women’s athletics, physical education, recreation, and leadership that is compelling and can translate into both fundraising and friend raising and understand the nuanced role of fundraising in supporting strategic and operating objectives.
  • Value, support and celebrate the diversity of the College community as well as the richness of the educational and co-curricular experience, striving for, and helping to, define inclusive excellence.
  • Partner across the College in building a wellness model that is supported by the work of the department.

Likely Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges of the Position

As a top-ranked liberal arts institution, Wellesley College is committed to excellence across all dimensions of the College. Since becoming president of Wellesley in July 2016, President Johnson has advanced women’s higher education, championing cross-campus efforts to integrate the ideals of inclusive excellence into every aspect of academic and campus life. The physical education, recreation, and athletics department contributes to the overall reputation of the College and there is a keen desire to see greater success across all of the intercollegiate teams.

Areas of focus for the new director/chair include:

  • Strategic recruiting: utilizing the newly acquired collaborative athletics management software, Front Rush, and partnering with the office of admission to recruit and retain scholar athletes of distinguished academic capacity, representative of the campus wide diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Defining a Wellesley wellness agenda: there is an opportunity to be a thought leader and strong campus partner with the student affairs leadership on the President’s wellness agenda. PERA is uniquely positioned to support both the curricular and co-curricular life of all Wellesley students.
  • Competitiveness: define, illustrate and demonstrate internally and externally an understanding of competiveness at an elite, women’s institution that is reflective of the Wellesley mission and the goals of the NCAA.
  • Fundraising and friend raising champion: strategic partnering with the new institutional advancement leadership and strategic donor framework, and the continued cultivation and stewardship of the Friends of Wellesley Athletics.

Measures of Success for the Position

The members of the department of physical education, recreation, and athletics are valued colleagues and contributors to the Wellesley College mission and student experience. The new director/chair will continue to build strong working relationships with, and open dialogue between, athletics and key campus stakeholders. In 2019, in concert with the College’s decennial reaccreditation self-study, Wellesley will embark on a new round of strategic planning and begin preparations for a new comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Additional measures, as shared by key institutional stakeholders, include the following:

  • the director/chair will continue to enhance and strengthen the opportunities found within the areas of physical education, athletics and recreation for all students, creating a sense of school spirit and engagement that is felt campus wide;
  • as chair of the physical education department and chair of the faculty promotion and reappointments committee, the new director/chair will continue to lead the evaluation and assessment of coaches and faculty with rigor and equity;
  • the director/chair will be a visible and highly accessible advocate for the coaches, faculty, staff, and department programs;
  • the new director/chair will have established strong working relationships and partnerships within the student affairs’ leadership team, advancement, direct reports, athletes, faculty, and key institutional stakeholders;
  • the director/chair will demonstrate a leadership style that is credible and collegial while being highly effective;
  • the director/chair will need to find the necessary balance and thoughtful leadership style to lead as both a faculty member and administrator in the appropriate spaces;
  • the director/chair will have demonstrated the ability to manage short-term change and long-term development for the department including staffing, professional development, facilities management, and strategic capital planning;
  • the director/chair will actively engage with advancement and College leadership to support fundraising initiatives aligned with the College and PERA departmental and strategic plans.

Future Goals/Implications

At the close of the 2016-2017 academic year, the following five year strategic goals and objectives were identified for future attention. With the arrival of a new director/chair, these may continue to evolve following further assessment and aspirations to infuse best practices into all facets of the department’s efforts. With a focus on learn, play, compete, the following strategic vision was established to guide departmental efforts through the 2021 academic year:

  • provide exceptional opportunities for students to learn, play, and compete.
  • purposely engage students toward athletic, recreation and physical education successes.
  • strengthen offerings and facilities through strategic resource attainment and allocation.

Institution & Location

Institutional Background

Wellesley College was founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, who were passionate about the higher education of women. Wellesley’s first president, Ada Howard, and nearly all of the College’s early educators and administrators were women. The first students, numbering 314, moved into College Hall and began classes in 1875. From that first class, 18 were graduated in 1879.

Over the next 25 years, Wellesley College developed from a nascent institution into a vibrant academic community built upon a strong liberal arts foundation. A major revision of the curriculum in the 1890s resulted in the development of courses of study in all the major sciences and the addition of many renowned members of the faculty, including Mary Whitin Calkins, who established one of the first psychology laboratories in the country in 1891; Emily Greene Balch, recipient of the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize, who taught economics and sociology; Katharine Lee Bates ’80, who taught English and authored many works, including “America the Beautiful.”

A number of student organizations and campus traditions that continue to contribute to Wellesley’s identity today were established during this early period, including Tree Day, hoop rolling, Flower Sunday, and step singing. Student Government was established in 1901.

On March 17, 1914, College Hall was destroyed by fire. Though no lives were lost, Wellesley College suffered greatly from the loss of the oldest and most central building on campus. As the College rebuilt following the tragedy, nine major buildings were constructed in the next 17 years, and the academic center of the campus was relocated atop Norumbega Hill.

World War II brought additional changes, and attention, to Wellesley College. Wellesley’s seventh president, Mildred McAfee, took a leave of absence from 1942 to 1946 to lead the WAVES (Women’s Reserve of the U.S. Navy) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 1945. The campus also hosted men for the Navy Officer’s Training Corps during the war. The College abandoned a number of post-baccalaureate programs soon after the war. Though vestiges of the original academic program remained, the modern Wellesley education was emerging.

Two of Wellesley’s most famous alumnae—Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 and Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69—were graduated in the following years. During the late 1960s another large curriculum revision occurred, polishing the modern course of study grounded in the liberal arts with significant and renowned science departments. Since 1968, exchange programs with other colleges such as MIT have further enhanced educational opportunities available to Wellesley students.

About Wellesley, Massachusetts

Wellesley, Massachusetts is 12 miles (about 40 minutes) from Boston and Cambridge, one of the world’s great concentrations of cultural, entrepreneurial, scientific, and technological capital and also one of the country’s historical treasures. The population was 27,982 at the time of the 2010 census. Wellesley has the fifth-highest median household and family incomes in all of Massachusetts. It is best known as the home of Wellesley College, Babson College, and a campus of Massachusetts Bay Community College.

Wellesley was settled in the 1630s as part of Dedham, Massachusetts. It was subsequently a part of Needham called West Needham. On October 23, 1880, West Needham residents voted to secede from Needham, and the town of Wellesley was later christened by the Massachusetts Legislature on April 6, 1881.

The town designated Cottage Street and its nearby alleys as the historic district in its zoning plan. Most houses in this district were built around the 1860s and qualify as protected buildings certified by the town’s historic commission.

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Wellesley’s Mission

Non Ministrari sed Ministrare. “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister,” proclaims Wellesley’s motto, capturing in four Latin words the College’s mission: To provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world.

Smart, serious women choose Wellesley because it offers one of the best liberal arts educations—and total learning environments—available anywhere. But they graduate with more than a highly regarded degree and four memorable years. They leave as “Wellesley women,” uniquely prepared to make meaningful personal and professional contributions to the “real world”—and to be major influences in it.

The world’s preeminent college for women, Wellesley is known for intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service (and putting that belief into practice), and its cultivation in students of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership.


Paula A. Johnson, President

Paula A. Johnson is the 14th president of Wellesley College. She is an innovator recognized globally for advancing, promoting, and defending the education, health, and well-being of women. This critically important work is deeply informed by her broad range of experience as a path breaking physician-scientist and educator who is an expert in health care, public health, and health policy.

President Johnson has dedicated her scientific and medical career to furthering our knowledge of the biological differences between women and men. She has led the way in ensuring that research findings are effectively translated in order to improve health care for women and has used her voice to effect important changes in policy so that sex differences are included in research. By uncovering gender biases in these arenas and advancing science, she has helped transform how medicine is practiced and how research is conducted, touching the lives of countless women.

Before coming to Wellesley, President Johnson founded and served as the inaugural executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology and was chief of the Division of Women’s Health, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—a Harvard teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading academic medical centers. Central to the Connors Center’s approach is its work to further our understanding of the intersection of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and other social determinants of health. President Johnson developed the Center’s efforts to both undertake cutting-edge research and translate it into outstanding clinical care for women, and she oversaw the Center’s work to utilize its research and care models to better educate the next generation of physicians and scientists. Her vision for achieving sustainable improvement in women’s health is reflected in the Connors Center’s unique approach to all aspects of health throughout the lifespan.

A cardiologist, President Johnson was also the Grayce A. Young Family Professor of Medicine in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School, a professorship named in honor of her mother, and a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Her research and the research, health care models, and training programs of the Connors Center have had an impact on women across the country by helping to shape health care and health policy reforms. Her work has also influenced and educated emerging leaders beyond the borders of the United States who seek to improve the health of women globally.

President Johnson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, the nation’s leading advisory organization providing expertise on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health. She has been recognized as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine and has received several honorary degrees and numerous awards for her contributions to science, medicine, and public health. Most recently, she received the Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health by the New York Academy of Medicine.

She earned international acclaim for her 2013 TED Talk, “His and hers…healthcare,” which continues to raise awareness of the crucial need to understand sex differences in treating disease.

Her vision, research, and ability to lead at the intersection of education, health care, and public health have earned President Johnson key leadership roles in local and national arenas. She chaired the board of the Boston Public Health Commission and was a member of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. She has served on numerous national and international boards.

In just under two years as president of Wellesley, she has advanced women’s higher education, championing cross-campus efforts to integrate the ideals of inclusive excellence into every aspect of academic and residential life. She has matched that with a belief that health and wellness are crucial to academic and personal success, reimagining how a college promotes resilience, resolve, and balance in its students at a time when this is needed most. Under her leadership, the College is also developing new opportunities in STEM fields by drawing on the synergies found at the intersection of science, the humanities, and social sciences.

President Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe colleges, received her A.B., M.D., and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Andrew Shennan, Provost and Lia Gelin Poorvu ’56 Dean of the College

Andy Shennan is Provost and Dean of the College and Professor of History at Wellesley College. Professor Shennan served as Associate Dean of the College from 1999 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2009 as Dean of the College. In January 2010 he was appointed to the newly created post of Provost. In that capacity, he oversees all the academic programs of the College as well as the College’s libraries and technology services, and budgetary and strategic planning.

Professor Shennan is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he received a double starred first in history. He also received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He held a Harkness Fellowship in the Department of Government at Harvard University and was a research fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge before joining the Wellesley College faculty in 1988.

Professor Shennan’s books include Rethinking France: Plans for Renewal, 1940-1946 (Oxford University Press, 1989); De Gaulle (Longman, 1993); and The Fall of France, 1940 (Longman, 2000). At Wellesley Professor Shennan has taught a range of courses in modern European history, with a particular emphasis on the 20th century, the history of modern France, and World War II. He was a founding director of Wellesley’s International Relations program and the first director of the College’s Summer School. In 1991 he was awarded the College’s Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He was a member of the last two presidential search committees, and in the summer of 2007 served briefly as acting president of the College.

Wellesley’s Mission

Non Ministrari sed Ministrare. “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister,” proclaims Wellesley’s motto, capturing in four Latin words the College’s mission: To provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world.

Smart, serious women choose Wellesley because it offers one of the best liberal arts educations—and total learning environments—available anywhere. But they graduate with more than a highly regarded degree and four memorable years. They leave as “Wellesley women,” uniquely prepared to make meaningful personal and professional contributions to the “real world”—and to be major influences in it.

The world’s preeminent college for women, Wellesley is known for intellectual rigor, its belief in the enduring importance of service (and putting that belief into practice), and its cultivation in students of an inclusive, pragmatic approach to leadership.

The Student Body

Forty percent of Wellesley students are people of color, 10 percent are international students, nearly 60 percent receive financial aid, and Wellesley has more than 45 student-run multicultural organizations.

  • 2300 women
  • 50 states represented
  • 83 countries of birth
  • 40% students of color
  • 7:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 1,000+ courses
  • 98% of faculty hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field
  • 54+ majors
  • 50% of juniors study abroad
  • 75% of students participate in an internship
  • 10,000 objects in the Davis Museum
  • 13 Division III athletic teams
  • 160 student-run organizations
  • 100% of calculated financial need
  • 60% of students receive financial aid
  • 250,000 college students in Boston/Cambridge
  • 10 active alumnae on the Wellesley network for every student on campus
  • Race/Ethnicity:
    • African American/Black: 7%
    • Asian American and/or Pacific Islander: 22%
    • Latina/Hispanic: 13%
    • Native American: <1%
    • Two or more races: 7%
    • Other/Not reported: 1%
    • White/Caucasian: 36%
    • International Citizens: 13%
    • Students who come from a home where at least one language other than English is spoken: 44%

Class of 2022 Statistics

  • 6,670 applicants
  • 1,296 admitted (19 percent)
  • 614 enrolling (47 percent)
  • 45 states represented, plus District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
  • 32 nations of citizenship
  • 48 percent students of color, including biracial/multiracial

An Overview of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics

Mission Statement and Philosophy

The Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA) develops students’ skills and knowledge in physical activities. This base of knowledge and skills is an essential component of a liberal arts education at Wellesley College. All students are required to earn eight credits (two or four credits/class) for completion of their undergraduate degree through the department’s three distinct programs:

Wellesley Physical Education engages students through instructional classes in diverse physical activities to develop skills and knowledge on the importance of regular physical activity that leads to a healthy lifestyle. In 2017-2018, 94 physical education courses were offered in the areas of aquatics, martial arts, fitness, dance, and sports.

Wellesley Recreation promotes leadership, a healthy balanced lifestyle, and social interaction through structured and informal activities. Diverse programming meets the evolving wellness needs of the College community with a focus on developing a lifelong relationship with physical activity. Opportunities include competitive club sports, wellness, and leisure activities. There are currently nine competitive club sports: archery, equestrian, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, rugby, sailing, squash, ultimate Frisbee, and water polo. Additional organized recreational activities include: aquatics, boating, climbing wall, fitness, open recreation and outdoor adventure, health and wellness, running, and wellness trails.

Wellesley Athletics strives for excellence at the conference, regional, and national levels, while providing opportunities for students to achieve their potential and learn the values of discipline, leadership, critical thinking, and responsibility to oneself and others.

Students who participate in PERA programming will:

  1. Build fundamental motor skills that enable students to enjoy regular physical activity.
  2. Develop a fundamental knowledge of methods for improving flexibility, strength and cardiovascular fitness.
  3. Develop strategies for self-assessment and goal-setting related to fitness.
  4. Recognize the positive impact that regular physical activity has on mood and academic performance.
  5. Adapt to challenging situations as a result of exposure to risk-taking opportunities.

Faculty Athletics Representatives: Nolan Flynn, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Joy Renjilian-Burgy, Associate Professor of Spanish

Nickname: Blue
Colors: Blue and Gray
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – Division III
New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)
Liberty League (Golf)
Seven Sisters


In 2002, Wellesley College opened four new athletic fields and a track. The complex includes a turf field for lacrosse and field hockey, an eight-lane track, grass soccer field, softball venue, and two recreation fields for physical education classes and club activities.  In summer 2019, the College will resurface the outdoor track and turf field, including new outdoor lighting.

Keohane Sports Center

Nannerl O. Keohane Sports Center, named for Nannerl Keohane ’61 (Wellesley president, 1981-1993), is the focal point for recreation and fitness at Wellesley College. The Sports Center is home to 13 varsity athletics teams, a diverse physical education curriculum, and a wide variety of recreational and wellness activities for the entire College community.

Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse

The renovated Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse features a hardwood floor for basketball and volleyball competitions, arena seating for 500, three indoor tennis courts, a spin room, a climbing wall, a four-lane 200-meter track, a high jump area, and a new long and triple jump pit. Perhaps the most exciting addition for the Wellesley community is the new Fitness Center on the second floor, overlooking the Field House, with all cardio and weightlifting machines in a one beautiful, brand-new, temperature-controlled space.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center, located on the second floor of the Sports Center overlooking the Fieldhouse, is equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, free weights, cable system, and stability equipment. The Fitness Center has qualified student staff monitoring the space to help answer any questions. It is available to the College community from the time the building opens until an hour before closing every day.

Varsity Weight Room

This facility offers sport-specific programming for all 13 varsity teams. With support from Ann Batchelder, professor emeritus, and from Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 and her husband, John, Wellesley has built a state-of-the-art training center for varsity athletes. The ever-growing facility now has seven squat racks, four Olympic platforms, and a host of barbells, dumbbells, plyo boxes, bands, medicine balls, weight vests, and other training aids. The department is continually updating equipment to meet the needs of Wellesley student-athletes

Spin Studio

The spin studio, home to 12 LifeCycle GX Life fitness spinning bikes, is open to all students, staff, and faculty. Physical education classes and recreational classes are conducted in the studio on a daily basis.

Chandler Pool

Chandler Pool is one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in New England, with an eight-lane competition pool and a one- and three-meter diving well. Home to the Wellesley varsity swimming and diving team, Chandler Pool also hosts a range of swimming programs for the local community, is the practice site for the Wellesley College Water Polo Club, and is open to students, faculty, and staff during recreational swim hours.

Climbing Wall

Located in the Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse, this indoor climbing facility provides both beginning and experienced climbers with all the necessary equipment and instruction to climb. Completion of an orientation session is required and covers all climbing wall policies and procedures.

Squash Courts

The lower level of the Sports Center includes five squash courts. These courts are home to Wellesley physical education classes and are open for KSC members from early morning until closing (racquets and balls may be checked out at the Front Desk). The courts also serve as auxiliary dance studios and rehearsal spaces for a wide variety of student organizations.

Dance Studios

On the upper level of the Sports Center are two large, mirrored dance studios. These spaces are used for variety of physical education classes, including Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and a broad dance curriculum. They are also home to Wellesley’s many dance clubs and recreational fitness classes for students, faculty, and staff.

Multipurpose Gym

The Multipurpose Gym is used for physical education classes, student-run clubs, and a host of wellness activities, including volleyball, soccer, basketball, and dodgeball. It is also available for open recreation.

Butler Boathouse

Boating activities at Wellesley College take place at the newly renovated Butler Boathouse on Lake Waban, providing access to canoes, paddleboats, sailboats, and kayaks. The Boathouse is also home to Wellesley’s historic Dorm Crew and Class Crew competitions.

Nehoiden Golf Course

Established in 1893, Wellesley College’s Nehoiden Golf Course is the oldest nine-hole course in the country and is home to the Blue’s varsity golf team and physical education golf classes. Students may also play the course on their own. Clubs are available at the Front Desk of the Sports Center.

Varsity Sports

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball


PERA Annual Report

PERA Strategic Vision

About the NEWMAC

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is an association of 11 selective academic institutions that are committed to providing high quality competitive athletic opportunities for student-athletes within an educational and respectful environment that embodies the NCAA Division III philosophy.

The NEWMAC was established in 1998, when the former New England Women’s 8 Conference (NEW 8) voted to begin sponsoring conference play and championships for men. At this time, the conference expanded its membership to include Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Emerson College became the 11th full-time member of the conference on July 1, 2013.

The NEW 8 began play in 1985-86 as the New England Women’s 6 Conference (NEW 6). Charter members were Babson College, Brandeis University, MIT, Smith College, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. Mount Holyoke College and WPI joined in 1988 and the name was changed to the NEW 8 Conference. At the conclusion of the 1994-95 academic year, Brandeis University withdrew from the NEW 8 to join the University Athletic Association and Clark University accepted membership, keeping the NEW 8’s membership at eight institutions.

Current NEWMAC institutions include: Babson College, Clark University, United States Coast Guard Academy, Emerson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Wheaton College.

Benefits Overview

Wellesley College offers a wide variety of benefits programs and resources to its employees. From health plan options and wellness programs, to continuing education opportunities and competitive retirement plans. Benefits include the following:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Plans
  • Retirement Plans
  • Tuition and Development Programs
  • Pre-tax Transportation Benefit

For a detailed look at benefits, please visit the website at

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Dell D. Robinson at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.