Nov. 11, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- A graduate internship in athletic administration has been established at Western Michigan University that carries the name of WMU's new athletic director, Kathy B. Beauregard.
An anonymous donor, who was a longtime friend and classmate of Beauregard, has established the internship with a gift of $30,000 to the WMU Foundation. Beauregard came to WMU in 1979 as head women's gymnastics coach and, in nine seasons, produced two Mid-American Conference championship teams and was twice selected as MAC "coach of the year." She was named associate athletic director in 1988, senior associate director in 1993 and athletic director in September 1997.
"We are delighted to have such an internship established here at WMU," said Keith A. Pretty, vice president for external affairs and president of the WMU Foundation. "It recognizes an outstanding person who has contributed a great deal to the University in her 18 years here.
"The internship is intended to provide leadership opportunities for students through hands-on experience, thus enhancing their chances to become a top level athletic administrator," Pretty said. "It will be for two years, under the direct supervision of the athletic director or her or his designee."
Preference will be given to graduate students who have their bachelor's degree from WMU. Focus of the internship will be on all women's sports, with an emphasis on the three arena sports of basketball, gymnastics and volleyball.
"I am deeply touched and honored by this wonderful gesture," said Beauregard. "But, even more, I am thrilled that individuals will have the chance to develop their skills in an exciting, rewarding career path. I couldn't be happier."
"The internship will be comprehensive, and include all aspects of athletic administration," Pretty said. "A national advisory committee will be established to oversee the internship and raise additional funds for the endowment."
"I am pleased to have this opportunity to recognize a friend of long standing who has contributed so much to WMU and to her profession," the donor said. "I look forward to seeing WMU's outstanding reputation extended through the successful careers of these interns."
WMU has a program in athletic administration that offers a master's degree through the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Anyone interested in donating to the internship fund may contact the WMU Foundation at 616 387-8700.
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