Alanna Shanahan: Director of Sports and Recreation
The University of Pennsylvania has announced the appointment of Alanna Shanahan, C’96, as T. Gibbs Kane, Jr., W’69, director of athletics and recreation, effective July 19, 2021.
“We have decided to bring a pioneering leader in inter-varsity athletics to Penn and that is exactly what we have with Alanna Shanahan,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Alanna has the vision, experience, expertise and energy to ensure that Penn Athletics continues its commitment to excellence both on and off the field of play. For nearly two decades, Alanna proudly donned the red and blue as a student athlete, coach and administrator. Today we are delighted to welcome him back to Penn.
Dr Shanahan is currently vice-president of student affairs at Johns Hopkins University. She served there from 2016 to 2019 as Director of Sports and Recreation. At Penn, she served as Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Women’s Administrator from 2013 to 2016 and Executive Director of Penn Relays from 2011 to 2016, ending a nearly twenty-year career at Penn which she began as a assistant (then interim chief) coach of women’s lacrosse. She played women’s lacrosse as an undergraduate anthropology student in the Class of 1996 and went on to earn an EdD and Masters in Higher Education Administration from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, while working as assistant, associate and senior associate sports director.
“Alanna Shanahan is the ideal leader in charting the future of Penn Athletics and Recreation,” said provost Wendell Pritchett. “She has been a vibrant member of our community for more than half of her life, during a distinguished career that has taken her from captain and MVP of the women’s lacrosse team to assistant director of athletics and executive director. of Penn Relays. She has a deep understanding of the role of athletics and recreation in our life together on campus, which will be invaluable as we emerge from the pandemic together for years to come. “
“It is an honor to return to Penn, a university and athletics department with a rich history that continues to excel today,” said Dr. Shanahan. “Penn provides an unparalleled experience for student-athletes – an exceptional education coupled with the opportunity to achieve competitive excellence. As a former student-athlete, coach and administrator of Penn, there is no place I prefer to be. The opportunity to lead a program that has had such a profound impact on my life is a dream come true.
As Assistant Director of Athletics, Dr Shanahan managed all aspects of Penn’s highly successful 33-sport inter-varsity athletics program, with direct oversight of the football, basketball and lacrosse programs, including including recruitment, budgeting, Title IX compliance, academic services and alumni. reports. As Director of Athletics and Recreation at Johns Hopkins from 2016 to 2019, she oversaw the University’s 24-sport athletics program, leading it to the most successful years in school history. , with 37 conference titles and three consecutive top ten in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup Ranking, including a runner-up in the 2018-19 academic year.
At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Shanahan has made advancing the academic and personal development of student-athletes a priority, creating the first full-time director position of Student-Athlete Success and launching a leadership development program. for student-athletes. As Vice-President of Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins since August 2019, she continued to focus on student well-being, developing a new Hopkins Student Center, expanding the O’Connor Center for Recreation and well-being, leading the university’s efforts to reinvent the student experience during the pandemic and managing all aspects of the academic, residential and extracurricular life of more than 8,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
“President Gutmann, Executive Vice President Carnaroli and I are deeply grateful to the Advisory Board who helped us achieve this exceptional result, as well as to all of the Penn community who offered their ideas and to Rudy Fuller for his exceptional service as a temp. director, ”said Provost Pritchett. “We look forward to working together under the exciting leadership of Alanna Shanahan in the years to come.”