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Kathy Beauregard Honored by YWCA

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 04/04/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The YWCA of Kalamazoo announced today the 2012 YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award Recipient who will be honored at the 28th Annual YWCA Women of Achievement Award Celebration, on Thursday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo.

Kathy Beauregard will receive the 2012 YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award. The YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award is given to a woman in the community who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation, and has a record of accomplishment, leadership and positive role modeling as a volunteer and/or in a career.
Profile of Kathy Beauregard

"It is a privilege and honor to be selected for this prestigious award. Many people, along with my mother, have served significant role models for me growing up in Kalamazoo," commented Beauregard.  "Rick and I have chosen to call this community home, raise our son and committing my entire professional career to our great community University, Western Michigan University.

"I am thankful to The YWCA for this evening of honoring the great work of so many visionary women and including the inspiration of the young women joining in our special evening of festivities showcasing outstanding leaders for future generations."

Beauregard’s ground-breaking accomplishments in the field of athletics, typically dominated by men, shows the strength of her leadership. Kathy’s accomplishments bring recognition and attention to this community and Western Michigan University as environments that nurture young people to become successful citizens and leaders. As the Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kathy Beauregard runs a successful program that instills the values of fairness and excellence on the field and in the classroom and service to the community.

Beauregard is the first woman to hold the position of athletic director at WMU. Nationally, she is among only five women, and the only one in Michigan, to hold the top athletic post in one of the 120 Football Bowl Schools that make up the top rung of collegiate athletics. Across all divisions of the NCAA, only one in five athletic directors is a woman.

Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree from Hope College and her master’s degree in athletic administration from WMU. She began her career coaching for WMU gymnastics for nine years, resulting in two championships; Kathy was named Coach of the Year for the Mid-American Conference twice. From there, Kathy went on to become an associate athletic director and a senior associate athletic director.

During her tenure as athletic director, Western Michigan University has maintained a sterling, no NCAA MAJOR violations, record in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), one of only 17 major athletic programs in the nation with such a record. Additionally, student athletes averaged a better than 3.0 GPA for 10 straight semesters; 24 Broncos have earned All-America status; and 24 Bronco athletes have been named Academic All-Americans.

Kathy has served as the chair of the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee and represented WMU as a member of the NCAA Championships Cabinet and Football Bowl Certification Committee. She also served on the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She was awarded the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2011 for WMU’s region and division.

Through her volunteer service, Beauregard has set an example for Bronco athletes to step up and serve the community. All 400 Student-athletes and Bronco Staff volunteer in our great community.

In the words of her nominator, “For a diverse and growing community of young people, especially young women, she shows that strength of spirit and character can empower them and allow them to achieve success no mater how high the barriers may appear.”

The YWCA of Kalamazoo is proud to name Kathy Beauregard as the 2012 YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement.

As the twenty-eighth YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award Recipient, Kathy Beauregard joins the following distinguished women who have previously been honored with this award: Betty Lee C. Ongley, Elizabeth S. Upjohn Mason, Allene W. Dietrich, Georgia T. Dungy, N. Lorraine Beebe, Gayl Werme, Martha G. Parfet, Caroline R. Ham, Mary C. Brown, Beverly A. Moore, Jo Jacobs, Dr. Marilyn Schlack, Judy K. Maze, The Honorable Carolyn H. Williams, Anna Whitten, Ann Parfet, Suzanne Todd Shepherd, Barbara James, Eva L. Ozier, Mary Little Tyler, Judy Sarkozy, Marian G. Klein, Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Veenhuis, Marjorie Springgate, Dr. Martha B. Warfield, Patricia Coles-Chalmers and Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran.

An independent Selection Committee determined the recipients of the Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award and the Women of Achievement Awards from the numerous nominations that were received. The 2012 YWCA Women of Achievement Selection Committee consisted of the following members: Diana Hernandez (Western Michigan University), Cindy Kole (PNC), Mike Larson (Greater Kalamazoo United Way), The Honorable Alexander Lipsey, Sister Betty Veenhuis (Lifetime Woman of Achievment), Sydney Waldorf (Lake, Stover & Schau) and with Margaret Patton (Borgess) serving as selection facilitator.

The YWCA will name the 2012 YWCA Women of Achievement, the 2012 Women of Achievement Group Award and the 2012 Young Women of Achievement shortly.
About the YWCA of Kalamazoo

The YWCA of the USA, of which the YWCA of Kalamazoo is a member Association, is the oldest, largest autonomous women’s membership organization in the world. YWCA Kalamazoo is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA of Kalamazoo, the oldest Association in Michigan, was founded in 1885 and began as a residence service provider to young women who gravitated to the city to work in its factories. Today, the YWCA provides the only shelter, crisis intervention services and an array of post crisis shelter supportive housing options specifically designed and operating for victims of domestic violence and their dependent children; the only services of our kind for adult sexual assault survivors, including medical forensic exams in a non-hospital setting, supportive volunteers and counseling; one of very few licensed and nationally accredited child care centers that both offers tuition assistance and accepts government subsidies; a unique and volunteer-intensive mentoring program for adult and teen women seeking economic self-sufficiency; and services to the community-at-large, focusing on racial justice.

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