Whitman College named Kim Chandler its new athletic director on Wednesday.

Chandler, who spent 10 years as AD at Macalester College in Minnesota as well as AD at Beloit College in Wisconsin, and was most recently was CEO for financial services firm North Star Resource Group, takes the Blues reins from interim AD Michelle Ferenz.

Ferenz served as interim athletic director after former AD Dean Snider left Whitman a year ago, and continues as the Blues’ women’s basketball head coach.

In addition to serving as Whitman’s AD, Chandler will be chair of Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics.

“I look forward to getting to know Whitman’s bright, talented and passionate scholar-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty and alumni,” Chandler said. “Whitman College is an elite academic institution with a prestigious and proud athletic tradition, and I look forward to building on this strong foundation.”

During Chandler’s tenure at Macalester, the football team made the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history. 

A long-time member of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators board of directors, she has served at various times as president, vice president and treasurer. 

In 2009, she received the Women Leaders in College Sports Administrator of the Year Award for Division III.

Whitman’s head swimming coach, and interim associate AD and senior woman administrator, served on the hiring committee and said she is pleased with the search’s outcome.

“We have accomplished so much in varsity athletics in the last 10 years, but there is even more we are capable of,” Blomme said. “Kim’s perspective on where we have been and where we go from here will be immensely valuable in developing a new shared vision and strategy for Whitman athletics, and we are excited to move forward under her leadership.”

In addition to providing strategic direction to the department, Chandler’s responsibilities will include oversight of Whitman’s 15 varsity and 16 club sports teams, as well as 300 scholar-athletes, 40 full- and part-time staff members, and eight athletic facilities, while managing an annual budget of approximately $1.3 million. 

Chandler will relocate to Walla Walla this summer and assume her new role in June.

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