Centre College Emeritus Faculty
Kitty Baird• Professor Emerita of Physical Education
• Associate Director of Athletics
Kitty Baird was associate director of athletics and professor of physical education at Centre College. Baird joined the college in 1959 and was instrumental in establishing varsity sports for women. She organized and/or coached teams in women's basketball, field hockey, tennis, softball, and volleyball.
Along with her teaching and coaching duties, Baird has served the college as intramural director, fitness consultant, and wellness instructor.
Beyond the Centre campus, Baird also has promoted women's sports throughout Kentucky. She was president of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and has received that organization's Distinguished Service Award, as well as the W. Walter H. Mustaine Award, which is KAHPERD's highest honor.
Baird was a founder of the Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC) and the second president of that organization. She has worked with the NCAA as a member of the Basketball Rules Committee and the Division III Membership Committee. In 1993, her service to women's sports was honored with the Kentucky Pathfinder Award. From the National Association for Women Athletic Administrators, she received the Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award for the southern district.
An active community leader, Baird has been vice chair of the board of directors for the Central Kentucky Chapter of American Red Cross, and she was a 4-H Club leader for 15 years. In April of 2004, she assumed the position of president of the Boyle County Habitat for Humanity. She has given numerous speeches on health and physical fitness and has published related articles in the Journal of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
Since her retirement, Baird has been active in Habitat for Humanity, both locally and internationally including projects on every continent except Antarctica. She also is an active deacon and on statewide boards and committees in her church.
Baird received her bachelor's degree from Radford College, her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her degree as an education specialist from Eastern Kentucky University. She has also studied as a postgraduate at the University of Kentucky.
Women Athletes Blazing A Trail
by Kitty Rogers Baird
A book about the history of women's athletics at Centre College written by beloved Centre College Hall of Fame member, Kitty Rogers Baird.
Order on-line: www.centre.edu/store
File last updated: 5/2/13