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Association for Faculty Women Sue Durrant

Sue Durrant

Sue Durrant, Recipient of the 2000
Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award
from AFW

Sue Durrant

Sue Durrant was the first recipient of AFW’s Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award.  The award was named after former WSU President Sam Smith to honor his efforts to promote women at WSU. It is presented annually to AFW members who have advanced the cause of women at WSU through their leadership.


AFW On December 14, 2000, AFW honored Sue Durrant with the first Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award.  It was presented in recognition of  her continuing efforts to promote women at WSU.

Sue Durrant joined the WSU faculty in 1962.  She was head coach for women’s volleyball from 1962 to 1975 and head coach for women’s basketball from 1971 to 1982. Her achievements include serving on the Commission for the Status of Women and participating in a class action lawsuit against WSU that resulted in greater gender equity in WSU’s athletics programs in accordance with Title IX. Sue Durrant also served as the 1986-87 AFW President.

Sue Durrant currently teaches Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology courses at the College of Education.