Oct. 22, 2004
Thanks in large part to a generous financial gift from Bob and Anna Wright, the team room at Baylor University's Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex was rededicated Friday afternoon in honor of longtime athletic department staff member Jeanne P. Nowlin. A Vernon, Texas, native, Nowlin has served on the Baylor Athletics staff since 1988 and currently works as a Development Officer for the Baylor Bear Foundation.
"This dedication is a wonderful way to recognize Jeanne's commitment and loyalty to Baylor Athletics," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "She is dearly loved by so many members of the Baylor family and we are grateful to the Wrights for providing this opportunity to suitably honor Jeanne."
She joined the athletic department in 1988 as associate executive vice president of the Bear Club. In 1992, she added additional responsibilities as coordinator of women's sports and liaison for women's athletics to the Southwest Conference. Nowlin was named an assistant athletic director in 1994 and was promoted to associate athletic director of women's sports in 1997, a position she held until joining the Bear Foundation in 2002.
"Jeanne has been a wonderful addition to our staff and knows so many Baylor people," said Associate Athletics Director/Executive Director of the Baylor Bear Foundation Doug Smith. "She has been instrumental in adding Athletic Director Club members to the Bear Foundation. She is loved by everyone who knows her and this honor is most-deserving."
A 1968 Baylor graduate, Nowlin played basketball and ran track as an undergraduate student. After earning her bachelor's degree in education, she began working in the Dallas Independent School District as a teacher and coach before moving into an administrative position with the Richardson Independent School District.
During her time away from Waco, Nowlin still helped her alma mater on a volunteer basis by raising money for Baylor Athletics and capital campaigns such as the North End Zone Building, which now houses most of the department's administrative staff. She also served on the board of directors for the Dallas Bear Club.