BALTIMORE – Donna M. Woodruff officially began her tenure as Loyola University Maryland’s assistant vice president and director of athletics on Monday after the longtime collegiate athletics administrator was named to the position in May.
Woodruff spent the last 13 years at Stony Brook University where she served as the Seawolves’ deputy director of athletics since July 2014. There, Woodruff was the highest-ranking member of the Director of Athletics Senior Executive Team with oversight of 115 department staff members and a budget of $30 million.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Woodruff was a standout field hockey and lacrosse player for the Quakers. She was a five-time All-Ivy League selection, earning the honors three times in lacrosse and twice in field hockey. She was a National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honorable mention recipient following her senior season, and she also earned regional All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Earlier this year, she was inducted to Penn’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduation, she joined Penn’s field hockey and lacrosse coaching staffs as an assistant coach. She worked with the Quakers’ lacrosse team from 1991-95 and the field hockey program from 1991-2000. In 1996, she joined the athletic administration at Penn, working in a variety of roles. Woodruff moved to nearby Villanova University in December 2000 where she worked as the Wildcats’ director of administrative services for athletics until May 2004 and her departure for Stony Brook. There, she oversaw the athletic department’s internship program and equipment operations and was a departmental liaison to several campus entities.
Woodruff earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Penn in 1990 and later received a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in higher education administration from the Ivy League school in 2000. She was a standout student-athlete at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, where she was inducted to the hall of fame in 2007.
The former Donna Mulhern is married to Mark F. Woodruff.
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