By Hugh Clark
Advertiser Big Island Bureau
HILO, Hawaii A former director of athletics at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., has been chosen as the first woman to head the University of Hawaii-Hilo athletic department.
Kathleen McNally will become UH-Hilo athletic director on Jan. 16. She succeeds Bill Trumbo, who served 10 years before resigning last May to take a similar post at Cal State-Monterey Bay.
McNally was not available for comment on her appointment yesterday. UHH officials said she had been vacationing in Florida.
McNally oversaw a $1.8 million operating budget at Gannon, a private NCAA Division II college, during an 18-month tenure that ended in July 1999. She oversaw a staff of 55 and a student-athlete group of 475. UH-Hilo also is a Division II school.
UH-Hilo chancellor Rose Tseng said McNally was chosen from a pool of 48 candidates, and was one of five semifinalists.
McNally, a graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, is working on a masters degree in professional communications at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Tseng said. McNally served as an assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator at La Salle for 22 years.
She is a member of the West Chester Athletic Hall of Fame and was a Coach of the Year in field hockey in 1980.
McNally and her husband have six children and six grandchildren.
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