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Candace Royer

Professor of Physical Education, emerita

Associate Director of Development/Athletics, 2010 - present

Professor of Physical Education, emerita

Associate Director of Development/Athletics, 2010 - present

Candace Royer
Professor of Physical Education, emerita, 2014 - resent
Associate Director of Development/Athletics, 2010 - present

Candace Royer came to MIT in 1981 as head women's tennis coach and assistant director of physical education, and she was promoted to director of athletics and head of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation in 2001. Professor Royer was the first woman to hold that post at MIT. Five years later she was promoted to senior associate dean for student life, and now she is associate director of development for athletics. 

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Reflections on how she made a career out of her college interest in tennis.
  • General discussion of how women’s athletics have changed post-Title IX.
  • Comparison of coaching Division I athletes versus Division III athletes.
  • Insights on the scientific aspect of sports and how these skills can be taught.
  • Efforts to make MIT aware of the important values learned in athletics.
  • Thoughts on the dynamics between coed and single-sex teams on campus.

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