Dr. Angela Johnson (A.J.) Grube was named Western Carolina's Faculty/Athletics Representative during the 2012 spring semester. It is the second such appointment for Grube during her tenure at WCU. In the summer of 2015, Grube was elected President of the Southern Conference.
Grube is an associate professor and department head in the Department of Business Administration & Law and Sport Management. She earned her Ph.D. from The Florida State University in 1998, an M.P.A. from Georgia College and State University in 1994, an M.S. degree in Sport Management from Georgia Southern in 1991, and a B.B.A. in marketing and management from Georgia College and State University in 1990.
Grube has a long and diverse history in athletics including teaching as an assistant professor of sport management at Daniel Webster College from 1998-99 before coming to Cullowhee. While completing her Ph.D. in sport management at FSU, she was a graduate assistant for the CHAMPS/Life Skills program - what is now called Student-Athlete Affairs. Also during her time in Tallahassee, she spent the summer of 1996 as training site office manager with the British Olympic Association. Grube was additionally the Coordinator of the International Sport Management Conference at Georgia Tech (1993-93).
Grube worked for six years in the prestigious summer wooden bat Cape Cod Baseball League including three years as an Assistant General Manager for the Chatham A's and three years as General Manager of the Wareham Gatemen.
Since arriving at Western Carolina in 1999, Grube has served as Assistant to the Chancellor for Equal Opportunity Programs and as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In addition, Grube is currently a member of the NCAA's Committee on Athletic Certification.
Grube is married to Dr. Dan Grube, an associate professor of physical education and is the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning.