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Inducted 2000

A native of Washington, D.C., Jessie Godfrey served as an athletics administrator at Binghamton from 1958-1991. A pioneer in women's athletics on the local, regional and national levels, Godfrey initiated the women's program on campus, and was the primary administrator for women's physical education and athletics for 32 years before retiring in 1991. Godfrey arrived at Binghamton in 1958, and began a noteworthy five-decade career grounded in the principles of equal opportunity for women in intercollegiate athletics.
She served on numerous boards, including the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, where she was an executive member of the nation's governing body for women's athletics from 1974-76. Godfrey also was president of the Eastern AIAW, the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association, and the State University of New York Athletic Conference, becoming the first woman president of the SUNYAC in 1984. Her honors were widespread, and included selection as the first recipient of the ECAC Katherine Ley Award - given for outstanding leadership among eastern women's athletics administrators. Godfrey also was one of four individuals selected as New York State Woman of Distinction in Sports in 1985.
On campus, she served on numerous committees, and was the University's first Affirmative Action officer. Godfrey was honored with an Academic Award for Excellence in 1990.
Simply stated, countless young women at Binghamton and across the country have benefitted from Godfrey's steadfast commitment to women's intercollegiate athletics.

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