University Speaker Series announced head of national championship football game

BLOOMINGTON, IN - SEPTEMBER 18: An overview of the press box during the college football game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Indiana Hoosiers on September 18, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship – Indianapolis Host Committee has announced a series of events with high-profile speakers at Indiana colleges.

The “University Speaker Series” will visit Notre Dame University, Indiana University, Purdue University and Butler University in October and November.

“Through these important conversations, attendees will have the chance to connect with leaders in collegiate athletics, both past and present,” Mark Howell, board chair of the 2022 Indianapolis Host Committee, said in a statement. “As we gear up for national championship weekend here in Indy, this series will provide a forum for important discussions on the most important issues in college athletics and allow for the sharing of unique perspectives from subject matter experts.”

The free events will discuss “critical issues and opportunities in college athletics,” according to the host committee.

In-person and virtual tickets are available here. The events are free to attend.

  • Location: Notre Dame University, Jordan Hall of Science
    • Topic: Celebrating Culture & Diversity in Athletics
    • Keynote Speaker: Jack Swarbrick, Director of Athletics, University of Notre Dame
    • Date: Saturday, October 23, 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Indiana University, Henke Hall of Champions in IU Memorial Stadium
    • Topic: Pioneering Women in Athletics
    • Panelists:
      • Courtney Cronin, Minnesota Vikings Reporter, ESPN
      • Lilly King, Olympic Swimmer
      • Jessica Parratto, Olympic Diver
      • Teri Moren, IU Women’s Basketball Head Coach
    • Date: Wednesday, November 3, 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Purdue University, Shively Club at the Pavilion at Ross Ade Stadium
    • Topic: Engineering in Sports – Breakthroughs in Biomechanics
    • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric Nauman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
    • When: Thursday, November 4, 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Butler University, Clowes Hall
    • Topic: The Business of Athletics
    • Keynote Speaker: Barry Collier, Vice President / Director of Athletics, Butler University
    • Date: Wednesday, November 17, 5:30 p.m.


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