Jan Forsty
Janice L. Forsty M.S.

Professor; Chair

Physical Education and Sports Studies

Hurl Education Center, Room 304


Diversity is the best description of Jan Forsty’s professional and personal life. During her 40+ years in education, athletic, and leadership positions, she has demonstrated and lived the philosophy that diversity and inclusion is the strength of all learning, leading and growing. She has earned a Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees from Slippery Rock University and had earned additional credits toward an EdD from West Virginia University, Forsty’s experience in the athletic world encompasses the positions on an institution level. In 1985, Forsty was named the first female college/university athletic director in the state of West Virginia. She has also been a head coach of softball, field hockey, soccer, volleyball and tennis at Bethany.

Academically as Chair, she has been involved with leading the redevelopment and assessment of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, through new curriculum proposals. Forsty has also serving on numerous college committee’s such as Curriculum, Faculty Retention, Tenure and Promotion (FRTP) and Women’s History Month. Mentoring staff and over 40 advisee’s each year is one of the most important aspects of her job, as the development through her individual relationships has assisted her staff and student growth but also in her personal development.

Areas of specialization include women’s athletics; Olympic Games; sports administration and leadership.

Terminal Degrees:
M.S. Athletic Administration and Program Development, Slippery Rock University, 1989
B.S. Health and Physical Education, Slippery Rock State College, 1975