Abbey Lade, former Interim Director of Intramurals, Recreation and Fitness at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, was named Columbia’s Director of Physical Education, Associate in Physical Education in May of 2015.
“I am delighted that Abbey has accepted our offer to be the next Director of Physical Education, Associate in Physical Education.,” said Jacqueline P. Blackett, Columbia’s Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator. “Abbey’s vast experience in the fitness arena, coupled with her vision for the physical education programs and her boundless energy will be a tremendous benefit for the entire University community. I look forward to working with Abbey as she transitions into this new position.”
At Columbia, Lade is responsible for physical education, intramurals, club sports and recreation.
At UMass Boston, Lade was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Beacon Fitness Center, including developing, implementing and marketing all BFC fitness and wellness programming and events.
Prior to her time at UMass, Lade was a doctorial research associate working at the Center for Youth Development and Research, where she worked with the Play It Smart program for three years.
Lade was the fitness and facilities coordinator at Loyola University in Chicago for two years. There she was responsible for developing, marketing and promoting all campus fitness and wellness programs and assisting with facility management of the Halas Sports Center.
Lade graduated from Wiliam Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri in December 2001 and earned her M.S. in Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State in 2003. Lade is working on her PH.D. in Physical Education: Teaching and Administration with a specialization in sport psychology.