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Hopkins names its first female athletic director

Hopkins names its first female athletic director

Before she even stepped on the Johns Hopkins University campus, Alanna W. Shanahan thought that her background at an Ivy League school made her the right person to run the Baltimore institution’s 24-varsity athletic department.

“I really felt like there was a lot about Hopkins that struck me based on my experience at Penn,” said Shanahan, a longtime sports administrator at the University of Pennsylvania who was named Hopkins’ first female athletic director Monday.

“Both are fantastic institutions, both are in urban environments, both are institutions on the rise, and both are institutions that very much value the true scholar-athlete experience....