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Wesley A Stanger Jr Annual Spring Dinner

Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM
The Hanover Manor
16 Eagle Rock Avenue
East Hanover, NJ  07936

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Zheng Song
Speaker Dinner
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only

We cordially invite you to join us at the
Wesley A Stanger Jr Annual Spring Dinner.
June 21st 
6pm to 10 pm
Catch up with your Penn Club friends and make some new ones while mingling during our cocktail hour of passed hot appetizers and cold display. Th en enjoy a wonderful  3-course sit down dinner while listening to our special guest speaker 
Alanna W. Shanahan
T. Gibbs Kane, Jr W'69 Director of Athletics and Recreatio

 Alanna Shanahan
Alanna W. Shanahan, C'96 was named the T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W'69 Director of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Pennsylvania on June 2, 2021 and is in her second year in 2022-23. 

In 2021-22, Penn had significant competitive success across numerous programs and finished with its best ever-finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup (60th). Men’s squash was ranked #1 nationally the entire regular season and finished as the national runner-up after winning its first Ivy championship since 1969. Women’s gymnastics won the inaugural Gymnastics East title and women’s outdoor track and baseball were also Ivy champions. Men’s lacrosse won the Ivy League Tournament and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals. Penn also won two individual national titles in 2021-22 (Marc Minichello, Men’s Track and Field and Lia Thomas, Swimming).

Other highlights in Shanahan’s first year included the hiring of Penn’s first athletics mental health professional; the successful return of the Penn Relays following two years off due to the pandemic; more than $34 million raised in commitments for annual, endowment and capital needs and $30.7 million in cash receipts.

Shanahan was formerly Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins University for two years after serving there from 2016 to 2019 as Director of Recreation and Athletics. At Penn, she was Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator from 2012-2016 and Executive Director of the Penn Relays from 2011 to 2016, capping an almost-twenty year career at Penn that she began as Assistant (and then Interim Head) Women's Lacrosse Coach. She played women's lacrosse for all four years as an anthropology major in the Class of 1996 and went on to earn an EdD and MS in Higher Education Administration from the Graduate School of Education, while working as an Assistant, Associate, and Senior Associate Athletic Director.

As Deputy Director of Athletics, Shanahan managed all aspects of Penn's highly successful 33-sport intercollegiate athletics program – with direct oversight of the football, basketball, and lacrosse programs – including recruiting, budgeting, Title IX compliance, academic services, and alumni relations. As Director of Athletics and Recreation at Johns Hopkins from 2016 to 2019, she oversaw the university's 24-sport athletic program, leading it to the most successful years in university history, with 37 conference titles and three consecutive top ten finishes in the Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings, including a second-place finish in the 2018-19 academic year.

She made a priority of advancing the academic and personal development of student-athletes, creating the first full-time directorship of Student-Athlete Success and launching a leadership development program for student-athletes. As Vice Provost for Student Affairs since August 2019, she has 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 reimagine the student experience during the pandemic, and managing all aspects of academic, residential, and extracurricular university life for more than 8000 graduate and undergraduate students.

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