Johns Hopkins Names First Woman Athletic Director

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Praising her “passion, energy, and vision” Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels announced today that Alanna Shanahan (recently the deputy director of athletics and senior women’s administrator at the University of Pennsylvania) will be the university’s next director of athletics and recreation.

According to the Hub, Shanahan will be Hopkins’s fourth athletic director since 1950, and the first woman to serve in the position.

Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, Penn’s director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation, called Shanahan “one of the very best and most talented colleagues with whom I have had the pleasure to work” and congratulated Hopkins for hiring “a first-class athletics administrator.”

For her part, Shanahan expressed her excitement “to begin my work at Johns Hopkins, one of the country’s outstanding academic institutions; one that has also enjoyed great success in both Division I and Division III athletics.”

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