Ruth H. Alexander

Ruth H. Alexander
Born
Wanda Ruth Hammack

(1938-04-17) April 17, 1938 (age 80)
EducationMilligan College
University of Kentucky
Known forDistinguished professor of physical education
Lady Gators program
Founding member of the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport
Spouse(s)
Kern Alexander
(m. 1961, divorced)
Children4, including F. King Alexander
AwardsPresident's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award (2013)
HonorsFlorida Women's Hall of Fame
National Association of Sport and Physical Education’s Hall of Fame (1987)
Milligan College Athletics Hall of Fame (1998)

Ruth Hammack Alexander (born April 17, 1938)[1] established the "Lady Gator Athletic" program at the University of Florida to allow women to participate in intercollegiate athletics for the first time.

Alexander earned her master’s degree and a doctorate before joining the faculty of the University of Florida where she earned the title of Distinguished Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. From there, she spearheaded a campaign to allow equal opportunities for female athletes to compete at the University of Florida in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. President Richard Nixon appointed her to sit on the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition and she founded the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

She was inducted into the National Association of Sport and Physical Education’s Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Milligan College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2012, Alexander was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.

Personal life

Alexander was born in Madison County, Kentucky with an older sister Jacqueline and two older brothers, Larry and Denny. They were all raised as Methodists.[1] Although her mother died when she was young, Alexander says both of her parents inspired her to become involved in sports.[2]

Alexander and her former husband Kern Alexander had four children together.[1][3] Her son, F. King Alexander, is the president of Louisiana State University.[4]

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