October 13, 2023 – Marietta, Georgia – Life University (Life U) prides itself on a nationally competitive and championship-level collegiate Athletic Department that furthers the institution’s vitalistic philosophy, as well as being a centerpiece of Life U culture. With more than 500 student-athletes comprising one of the premier NAIA athletic programs in the southeastern region of the United States, Life U boasts 23 intercollegiate sports, 30 national championships, and more than 80 individual titles.

In a recent edition of Cobb County’s foremost monthly publication – The Cobb Connection – female leaders were highlighted for their impact in the regional sports industry.

Life U’s very own Director of Athletics, Jayme Pendergast, was recognized for her trajectory as a leading woman in the sports industry and for serving as a role model for an aspiring upcoming generation of students, athletes and young professionals.

Currently at the helm of the Athletic Department’s success and prestige, Pendergast has experience on her side. “I’ve been in this industry for 15 years, and women bring unique qualities to the table that add significant value to idea generation and decision making,” said Pendergast.

She also notes the incredible skill sets and leadership traits that are inherent to women, based on their personal experiences.

“For girls and boys alike, seeing women athletes, executives, leaders and influencers in the sports industry – I believe that it slowly changes the narrative of how we view women in sports.”

Life University is proud that Pendergast has been recognized by the local sports industry as having the characteristics of a leader who has influence in their community and an upcoming generation of student-athletes. We congratulate her on this well-deserved achievement.


Founded in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its College of Chiropractic, the largest single-campus College of Chiropractic in the world. Undergraduates can pursue undergraduate degrees; a pre-chiropractic, degree-seeking pathway; and graduate degrees within the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Some degree programs are offered to distance learners through the College of Online Education.

Life University strives to empower our students to succeed both professionally and personally. At Life U, we innovate our approach to higher education, while also remaining true to our philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. To achieve this goal, Life U recognizes and demonstrates its dedication through three official Life University Values: Lasting PurposeVitalism and Integrity.

Life U’s 110-acre campus in Marietta, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta, is home to more than 2,700 undergraduate, graduate and professional students who come from all 50 United States and more than 65 countries.

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About Life University

Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.