|Year:||Induction Class of 2006|
Mary Barrett was considered one of the top female athleticadministrators in the nation, serving as UMass Boston's AssociateDirector of Athletics for 17 years. Prior to her arrival at theHarbor Campus, she began her career as an Assistant Professor inthe education department from 1967-74 at Boston State College. In1974, she became the school's Assistant Athletic Director and laterAssociate Athletic Director until finally assuming the duties ofDirector of Athletics in 1978, prior to Boston State's merger withUMass Boston in 1982. During her time in collegiate athletics shebecame a trailblazer for female administrators, becoming the firstwoman to be named to the Board of Directors of the NationalFootball Foundation Hall of Fame, the first woman to be namedPresident of the nation's largest athletic conference, the EasternCollege Athletic Conference from 1985-86 and the first female tochair the ECAC East Hockey Tournament Committee. Her highestachievement came in 1992 when she was elected to a five-year termon the NCAA Executive Committee and was the sole representativefrom Division III on the committee, which serves as the NCAA'sgoverning body. Prior to her ascension to that post, she served onthe NCAA Council from 1986-90 and also held positions on a numberof other NCAA committees. The Malden native was a member of variousECAC committees during her time as well.