Athletics News

Mary Jo Warner
Mary Jo  Warner

Grand Rapids, MI

Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA

37th year at GW

Alma Mater:
Western Michigan (B.A. '75, M.S. '77), American (M.A. '82)


A Late-Night Study Break

Hundreds of students put down their books Monday evening to attend the 26th annual Midnight Breakfast

Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Mary Jo Warner is in her 37th year with the George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation.

She directly oversees six varsity sports - Men's and Women's Cross Country, Gymnastics, Women's Rowing, Women's Soccer and Men's Tennis - and supervises five head coaches and their assistants. In addition, she supervises GW's Educational Support Services program, serves on the Atlantic 10 Conference Administrative Committee and is co-chair of the A-10 Men's Tennis Committee.

Throughout Warner's tenure at GW, the Athletics Department has grown to become a highly respected, broad-based program with 23 Division I varsity sports. She is committed to preserving and building upon GW's tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Warner connects on a daily basis with student-athletes, coaches, administrative staff, university officials, and alumni. She is an avid supporter at events and tournaments, and is a significant contributor to many special events, fundraisers, and committees.

In 1977, Warner started her career at GW as an Assistant Director of Athletics and was later named Director of Women's Athletics. She held that title until 1988, when she was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics and became the Senior Woman Administrator. Warner brings more than 35 years of experience and leadership to the position and continues to serve the athletic administration community at the university, conference, and national levels. Warner has been selected to serve on several NCAA committees throughout her career. A member of the NCAA Research Cmt. from 1996-2000, she served as Chair for her final two years. Prior to that, she served on the NCAA Council from 1992-1996.

She has also served committee appointments to the following: NCAA Financial Aid and Amateurism Cmt. (1994-1996), Cmt. on Women's Athletics (1994-1996), Special Events Cmt. (1996-1997), Division I Women's Soccer Cmt. (1990-1991), Special Cmt. on Initial Eligibility Standards (1994-1996), Council Subcommittee on Eligibility Appeals (1992-1995), Special Cmt. to Review Contest Exemptions (1995-1996), and Ad Hoc Cmt. to Study Enforcement Issues (1992-1993). Warner has also served on the Executive Board of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA, 1988-1994).

Warner's accolades include receiving the Dean Meyerson Award from the National Center for Health Fitness, in 1991, for her contributions in health and fitness. In 1996, she was named the NACWAA District III Administrator of the Year. In the fall of 2000, the GW Rowing Team honored Warner by christening a new shell, the "Mary Jo Warner". On April 6, 2002, Warner was elected to the Alumni Honor Academy of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Western Michigan University in recognition of her professional accomplishments, contributions, and unselfish civic service, and leadership. In the summer of 2003, Warner completed the Institute for Athletics Executives sponsored by the NCAA and NACWAA.

While a student at Western Michigan University, Warner was a member of the varsity swimming and tennis teams. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Western Michigan in 1975 and 1977, respectively, and also received a master's degree in health fitness management from American University in 1982. She later taught at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland. In 1975, she completed a bicycle trip across the United States with her sister, Barbara.

Warner and her husband, Christopher, live in Vienna, VA, and have three grown sons, Brett, Ryan and Ethan.