GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has named its next athletic director.
Mary Ellen Gillespie will take over Dec. 2, the university announced Thursday.
Gillespie is currently the associate athletics director for external relations at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has held three positions at Bowling Green since joining that program in 2006.
“I am honored to have the privilege of serving as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” Gillespie said in a written statement. “I want to thank Chancellor Harden, Provost Wallace, Dan Spielmann and the members of the search committee for their confidence in me to lead this great team. I am so excited to be joining the Phoenix family and look forward to working with student-athletes, coaches, and the campus and Green Bay communities. I'm extremely eager to get started.”
“It was evident throughout her interviews that she is student-centered and will uphold our high-achieving standards for our scholar-athletes,” Julia Wallace, UW-Green Bay’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said in a written statement. “She is a great fit for this university. ”
Gillespie earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication and her master’s in counseling-student affairs practice at Plattsburgh State. She also completed a certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University Fund Raising School.
Gillespie was chosen from among five candidates for the position. She succeeds Ken Bothof, who resigned in June to become athletic director at Northern Kentucky University.
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