Allaster Set To Receive Honorary Degree
Published June 14, 2014 12:12
LONDON, Canada - WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster will receive an honorary degree from her alma mater, Western University, on Monday.
Allaster, who earned a BA in Economics & Physical Education from Western and an MBA from the Ivey Business School, will be presented with a Doctor Of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) during the university's 303rd Convocation ceremony.
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Sports," Allaster has held virtually every position imaginable in the world of tennis. Having excelled as a junior and then collegiate player, her career has taken her from Tournament Director in Toronto right up to her current role at the head of the world's leading professional sport for women. In 2011, WTA's Board of Directors unanimously voted to extend Allaster's contract, setting her up to become the second-longest serving Chairman and CEO of the WTA in history (read her full bio here).
Allaster, who will also get the chance to address the Faculty of Health Sciences and Brescia College students at Alumni Hall, is one of several alumni to be honored at the ceremony. The group includes Rick Mercer, the creator and host of The Rick Mercer Report, Canada's most-watched TV comedy.
"I'm looking forward to bringing my children, Jack and Alexandra, to Western," Allaster told the London Free Press. "They're almost the same age I was when I first stepped onto the campus. Being able to come home to Western with them will be magical.
"The graduates won't feel like life is short, but it is. You really want to spend your time doing what you have a passion for. Life is full of roadblocks and stumbles. Sports teaches you so many life and business skills and that's why I'm so passionate about it.
"It's given me everything in my life."
Western University, or the University of Western Ontario as it is traditionally called, is a public research university located in London, Ontario. It has 12 faculties and professional schools and three affiliated university colleges, and is one of the top-ranked universities in Canada.