Distinguished Alumni Awards

Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award
Jerry Wilkerson - 2013

As a youngster, Jerry Wilkerson was always interested in sports, but given the nature and culture of the times, opportunities for organized sport participation among girls was virtually non-existent. Upon receiving her Physical Education degree at Ohio University, she went on to teach and coach in the Batavia, Ohio public schools from 1966-1969. While at Batavia, she completed a master’s of science degree in physical education at the University of Cincinnati. Her first faculty appointment in higher education occurred at Youngstown State University, where she taught and served as the Women’s Gymnastics Coach, earning two national championships in 1973 and 1974. She continued her education earning her doctorate from Indiana University in Human Performance in 1978, where she holds the distinction of being one of the first students ever to graduate from the university with a Ph.D. in this concentration area.

Dr. Wilkerson continued her career as a faculty member in biomechanics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, followed by an appointment as a faculty member and department administrator at Texas Women’s University in Denton. She served multiple roles while at TWU until 2003, but most notably as the Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology during the final seven years of her tenure. In 2003, Dr. Wilkerson returned “home” to Indiana University as the Executive Associate Dean at the School of Public Health.