>Scanlan served as the Executive Director of the World University Games Buffalo '93
Oh my. . . we're getting the person in charge of the worst-organized sports event in history? (Ok, ok, I read the part about her
having just 10 months to get it together -- or not get it together -- and about all the other stuff she's
NAMED USA GYMNASTICS
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- USA Gymnastics
announced today that it has selected Kathy Scanlan
of Seattle, Wash., as the organization's new president.Scanlan succeeds Mike Jacki, who resigned after 10 years to take a similar post with U.S. Skiing.
After an exhaustive search process, I am certain we have found such an individual in Kathy
brings a wealth of management, financial planning and business skills which will allow USA Gymnastics
to grow into new areas of service for our membership, while maintaining our leadership position within the industry."Scanlan is currently a principal in the consulting firm of Scanlan, Sorensen and Potter, Inc., which specializes in management and
marketing for sports events, institutions and facilities.The company's clients include World Cup USA.Her
extensive background in sports management includes serving as the Executive Director of the 1993 World University Games, asExecutive Vice President of the Seattle SuperSonics
and Executive Vice President for the Seattle Goodwill Games Organizing Committee
."I am honored to be selected by the Board of Directors to serve as the president of USA Gymnastics," Scanlan said.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me and my family, and a very exciting time for the sport of gymnastics.USA Gymnastics
has had great success on and off the competition floor and I welcome the challenge of helping to lend to its future successes."Scanlan
was unanimously recommended for the position by a seven-member search committee, representing all constituencies within theUSA Gymnastics membership.The recommendation of that group was endorsed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics
commitments to World Cup USA, Scanlan will officially being on Aug. 1.KATHY SCANLAN
has a widely established reputation for excellence in leadership and management of complex organizations.She
hasextensive experience in budget development and control, project direction and government relations.Scanlan
has worked for government, non-profit organizations and private industry.In the fall of 1993, Scanlan became a principal in the consulting firm of Scanlan, Sorensen and Potter, Inc., where her clients have
included the city of Seattle, the Business Alliance Against Poverty, The Seattle Aquarium, The American Zoo Association
and World Cup USA.Immediately before forming the consulting firm, Scanlan served as the executive director of the World University Games Buffalo '93,
was responsible for the overall management of an international sporting competition which included 6,000 athletes and officials and more than 1,400 international media.Scanlan
oversaw a $34 million budget, 160 full time staff and almost 20,000 volunteers.She
was hired just 10 months before this massive event and effected a remarkable turnaround for the local organizing committee.From 1990-92, Scanlan served as Executive Vice President of the Seattle SuperSonics, directing business operations for the SeattleNational Basketball Association
franchise.She served as liaison with the city of Seattle and other government entities and was responsible for oversight of all non-basketball personnel and functions, including the development of long-term facility needs for the franchise.Scanlan served as Executive Vice President of the Seattle Organizing Committee for the 1990 Goodwill Games from 1988-90 and was responsible for the overall presentation of the 17-day international athletics competition, the Goodwill Arts Festival and the Goodwill Exchange.
The organizing committee's operating budget totaled $80 million, with 490 employees and 10,000 volunteers operating in seven jurisdictions across the state of Washington.From 1974-88, Scanlan worked in various capacities for the city of Seattle and was the budget analyst for the Office of Management for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department from 1977 to the fall of 1980.
From 1980 to July 1982, Scanlan
was Business andOperations Manager for the Woodland Park Zoo, supervising maintenance, admissions and zookeeper staff.From July 1982 until April 1988 when she joined the Goodwill Games organizing committee staff, Scanlan served as Deputy Director of Seattle Center, a year-round 74-acre cultural, recreational and entertainment facility for the Seattle region which included the Seattle Center Coliseum, the Seattle Opera House and other major public assembly facilities.