Sept. 24, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- Kathy B. Beauregard, senior associate director of intercollegiate athletics at Western Michigan University, has been appointed director of intercollegiate athletics, pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees.
She replaces James C. Weaver, who has held the position since 1995. He has accepted the position of athletic director at Virginia Tech. Beauregard, the first woman to head intercollegiate athletics at WMU and the third in the Mid-American Conference, will assume her new duties Monday, Sept. 29.
"I am delighted that Kathy Beauregard has accepted this important appointment," said WMU President Diether H. Haenicke. "As an athlete and former coach, she is ideally suited to provide the kind of leadership we need for our athletic program. Kathy has a broad range of administrative experience, ranging from NCAA rules compliance to student-athlete academic support. This, combined with her leadership, enthusiasm and loyalty to WMU and the community, make her the ideal choice to take the Broncos to the next level."
As senior associate director, Beauregard has supervised all revenue sports, the University's compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, academic services, student-athlete welfare, and athletic marketing and communications. She came to WMU in 1979 as head women's gymnastics coach and, in nine seasons, produced two MAC championship teams and was twice selected as MAC "coach of the year." She was named associate athletic director in 1988 and senior associate director in 1993.
"Having grown up in Kalamazoo and devoted the past 18 years to WMU, I am honored to be named athletic director and excited about the challenges ahead," Beauregard said. "Speaking on behalf of my coaches and our athletic staff, we are determined to give the University and the people of West Michigan programs they can be proud of."
Active in her profession, Beauregard is a member of the executive committee of the NCAA's national compliance coordinators committee and chairperson of the MAC marketing committee. She also is a member of the MAC gender equity committee.
A graduate of Kalamazoo's Loy Norrix High School, Beauregard earned a bachelor's degree at Hope College in 1979 and a master's degree at WMU in 1981. Her husband, Rick, is employed at Loy Norrix and they have a son, Bradley, age 6.
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