FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 14, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MacDonell returns to MUW as executive director of recreational sports
COLUMBUS, Miss. - Milly MacDonell’s love for athletics has enabled her
life to come full circle.
A 1981 graduate of Mississippi University for Women, MacDonell will begin
her post as MUW’s executive director of recreational sports Feb. 2.
MacDonell graduated from MUW cum laude with a bachelor degree in
biology. The Florida native minored in physical science and physical
education. She played volleyball four years while at MUW.
Ironically, her high school basketball coach was a MUW alumna.
“I am very excited to be coming back to my alma mater to assist in this
new endeavor. I am especially thankful to have this opportunity to be in
on the initial stages of building a new state of the art [recreational]
facility, hiring our staff and developing the program,” MacDonell said.
“...I would say my entire career has evolved in such a manner that I now
offer a very broad range of experience that will be beneficial to me and
MUW for this position.”
Athletics have been a part of MacDonell’s life as long as she can
remember. In addition to being a student athlete, she has coached at the
Division I and II levels for15 years. She also has served as athletic
director of Sweet Briar College since 2000.
MacDonell learned of the new position at MUW from an Internet posting and
later through email.
“I have been keeping an eye out for a new opportunity, but was being very
selective about what I was interested in pursuing…Being that it was [MUW]
and the unique opportunity, I was interested in learning more.
Before applying, I made several calls to find out if MUW was truly
committed to making this a strong program.”
Former Athletic Director Dr. Dorothy Burdeshaw said, “She came here on a
full volleyball scholarship as a setter. She was also a very good student
academically. I think she will bring a lot of skill as well as
enthusiasm to the position.”
MacDonell said she is excited about returning to renew old friendships and
establish her new position and walk the campus where she once studied,
competed and grew.
“[MUW] is a special place and I look forward to the opportunity to work
with the students, faculty and staff there. I don’t expect it to be the
same, but I hope to be a part of helping to create an exciting new era for