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For a small university tucked away in a tiny town, Montevallo produces many purple and gold-clad giants.
In this issue of Montevallo Today, we pay tribute to Falcons from the past quarter century who have been trailblazers in their respective fields.
Dr. Jen Fry ’02
For Dr. Jennifer Fry, her education at UM gave her the time, experiences, motivation and training she needed to blaze a trail in her career all the way to a high perch.
The 2002 UM psychology graduate and Yuma, Arizona, native, was a coach of the 2011 Division 1 national women’s volleyball championship team and is now owner and CEO of JenFryTalks, a company that works with college athletic programs to end racism. She lives in Baltimore.
In February 2021, she was named NCAA Champion of Diversity and Inclusion. In November of that same year she was featured in Sports Illustrated in an article titled “Veteran Volleyball Coach Jen Fry Aces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” She was also featured in an article about diversity on Michigan State University’s website in February 2022.
“The small town of Montevallo impacted my life because I was able to find my way academically, make friends socially and compete against high-level competition athletically,” Fry said. “Montevallo was an important part of my academic journey that led to my completing two masters and graduating with my Ph.D.”