Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

Western Michigan’s Kathy Beauregard, the longest-serving athletic director at a single school in the nation and one of just nine female athletic-department executives in the Football Bowl Subdivision, is calling it a career at year’s end.

Beauregard announced her retirement Monday, effective Dec. 31.

WMU athletic director Kathy Beauregard announced her retirement Monday. She will stay until Dec. 31, 2021.

She has been at Western Michigan for 42 years, first hired as a gymnastics coach in 1979, and became athletic director in 1997. Beauregard’s tenure as athletic director exceeds the state’s other six Division I athletic directors, combined.

“It’s been an incredible honor to serve in this university community,” Beauregard said in a statement. “I’m so proud of what WMU intercollegiate athletics has achieved as a team over the years — first and foremost, helping to coach and develop the most exceptional student-athletes in all of college sports.”

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