WMU News

Beauregard takes extended medical leave

Aug. 26, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard will take an extended medical leave from her position at the University, beginning Aug. 26.

WMU President Elson S. Floyd approved Beauregard's request for a medical leave and has named David A. Corstange as acting athletic director in her absence. Corstange has served as senior associate director of athletics since 1998.

"Kathy has requested some time off to focus on a serious health issue she is facing," said Floyd. "While we'll miss her leadership for the next several months, I wholeheartedly agree that right now, all of her energies are best spent on ensuring her future well-being."

Beauregard, a former high school gymnast and a longtime gymnastics coach, has a history of back trouble that has increased in severity over the past two months. She is facing the possibility of surgery and an extended recuperation period.

"This is the right decision for WMU, my family and my long-term health," said Beauregard. "At this time, I physically am not able to give the 100 percent needed to do this job the way I feel it should be done to best support our student-athletes and our programs. I have great confidence that I'm leaving the department in good hands, since I have often said I am blessed with the best staff any athletic director could have. I know they will continue to show the passion for excellence that has become the hallmark of every part of Bronco athletics."

Beauregard, a Kalamazoo native, has been a part of WMU athletics since 1979, when she was named head women's gymnastics coach. She has served as director of athletics since 1996.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 269 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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