July 22, 2014

Green Bay hires new Athletic Director

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced the hiring of Mary Ellen Gillespie

Mary Ellen Gillespie

Mary Ellen Gillespie

as the school’s new Director of Athletics.

Gillespie will begin her duties Dec. 2.  She currently serves as associated athletics director for external relations at Bowling Green State University.

Lou LeCalsey, a member of the search and screen committee who also serves as president of the UW-Green Bay foundation, Inc., said Gillespie’s energy, expertise and successful fundraising background stood out during the interview process.

Gillespie replaces Ken Bothof who left the Green Bay program this past summer to accept a similar position at Northern Kentucky University.  She becomes the eighth person to hold supervisory responsibility for intercollegiate athletics in the history of the UW-Green Bay program.

Gillespie was one of five candidates to visit Green Bay in late September and early October for interviews.