Jacqueline Palmer, D.P.E., is a consummate athlete whether she’s on the field or in the classroom. As a professor, program director for sport management, and previous director of athletics, she is known around campus for enthusiastically educating future generations.
Inspiring to lead
Before arriving at Mount Ida in 1987, Palmer worked as a Corporate Fitness Specialist for Xerox Corporation. In addition, she worked in higher education at the University of Bridgeport, High Point University, and Albertus Magnus College. In her current position, Palmer has created a curriculum for wellness education and sports administration with our hands-on, interactive classes.
“I believe in the mind, body, and spirit synergy for personal wellness,” said Palmer. “I workout six days a week and have run the Boston and Chicago marathons, biked 1000 miles with my older brother in England, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Alaska, and Italy. The last several years, I have competed in the summer 1.5 mile open swim on Cape Cod Bay to aid those in need of financial support for health care.”
Palmer’s active involvement in the Boston community has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Teaching in our sports-crazy city, our students care about winning in the competitive industry by landing a job in sport management, fitness, or recreation. Some students even pursue graduate studies to complete their master’s degree.
“Upon arriving at Mount Ida, I found that the college could be the center stage for expanded athletics for women and men,” stated Palmer. “You see this today with our 15 varsity teams, which are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III.”