Charlotte F. Westerhaus-Renfrow

Senior Lecturer, IU Kelley School of Business


Charlotte F. Westerhaus-Renfrow is a senior lecturer of management at the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI and adjunct law professor at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. A certified trainer/facilitator, she has delivered conferences, keynote presentations, and leadership training to Fortune 500 companies, government and private agencies, and universities and colleges through public seminars and on-site training and coaching. Her expert views have been presented in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.

Westerhaus-Renfrow served as the interim president of Martin University in Indianapolis from 2010 to 2012. She was the vice president for diversity and inclusion at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Westerhaus-Renfrow worked with the national office staff and NCAA member institutions to develop and implement effective and efficient strategies, policies, and programs that promote diversity and inclusion in intercollegiate athletics, specifically in coaching, athletics administration, and officiating at the national conference and institutional levels.

Before taking the position at the NCAA, Westerhaus-Renfrow was the assistant to the president and director of equal opportunity and diversity at the University of Iowa. Her responsibilities included supporting and enhancing the university’s commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. In that capacity, she served on the university’s Strategic Planning Committee, Diversity Committee, and Dispute Resolution Committee. In addition, Westerhaus-Renfrow served as a member of the Athletic Advisory Council, which oversaw the university’s intercollegiate athletic department. She was a member of the university’s NCAA Certification Committee and the Student-Athlete Welfare Committee and worked with the Intercollegiate Athletics Department to create a clear, concise, and uniform code of conduct for University of Iowa student-athletes.

Westerhaus-Renfrow also served on committees that reviewed the status of gender-related issues such the climate for female athletes, staff, and coaches and the role of women in the leadership and organizational structure of the athletics program. She served as the University of Iowa’s Title IX Coordinator and American with Disabilities Coordinator. In addition to her administrative duties, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, where she taught courses in business law and ethics in management.