WMU News

Beauregard honored at Community Awards

Nov. 1, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Kathy Beauregard, director of intercollegiate athletics, was honored during the annual Community Awards program sponsored by the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce.

Beauregard received the Chamber's 2001 Athena Award during ceremonies Oct. 23 at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. The award is sponsored by National City Bank and is presented to a person who has helped further the image of women in business and who has "attained and personified the highest level of excellence" in his or her profession.

Beauregard was named athletic director in September 1997, and is one of only seven women in the country to hold that position at an NCAA Division I-A school. She 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 and senior associate director in 1993.

Among her many involvements in the Kalamazoo area community, Beauregard is an active volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Kalamazoo and for the American Heart Association.

Also honored at the Community Awards were U.S. Representative Fred Upton, whose district includes the main WMU campus; WMU alumnus William D. Johnston, president and chairman of Greenleaf Companies and recently elected president of the WMU Foundation; Sue Kiser, a relocation director for Jaqua Realtors; Hannah McKinney, vice mayor of Kalamazoo and chairwoman of the economics and business department at Kalamazoo College; and Joyce Pines, a wire editor for the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 616 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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