Alanna Shanahan is in her first year as the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Johns Hopkins. She was named to the post on June 6, 2016 and arrived at Homewood on July 18.
Shanahan, who came to Johns Hopkins from the University of Pennsylvania, is just the fourth Director of Athletics and Recreation at Johns Hopkins since 1950 and succeeded Tom Calder, who served in the position from July 1, 1995 through June 30, 2016.
At Penn, Shanahan most recently served as the Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman's Administrator (SWA) since 2012 and also served as the Executive Director of the world-renowned Penn Relays from 2011 until her departure. She was a member of Penn's senior administrative team in the University's Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) since 1999, progressively gaining increased responsibility during her tenure.
As the Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA at Penn, Shanahan managed a highly-successful 33-sport intercollegiate athletics program with direct oversight of five of Penn's athletic programs (football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse). In addition, she managed four senior-level athletic administrators who directed the Quakers' 28 other varsity teams.
Shanahan has extensive experience in all facets of athletic administration, including budgeting, recruiting, compliance, academic services, admissions and financial aid, facilities and operations, development, alumni relations, marketing and communications.
She played a key role in Penn's "Making History" campaign that raised $124 million for athletics and recreation. In addition to her athletics-related responsibilities, Shanahan was also a member of the University's Administrative and Governance Review Working Group and the Student Experiences and Perceptions Working Group and was also appointed to the University's Title IX Compliance Committee.
A 1996 Penn graduate with a degree in anthropology, Shanahan played lacrosse for the Quakers and served as a team captain as a senior, when she was also selected as the team's most valuable player. She later served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach at her alma mater from 1997-99 and as the interim head coach during the 1999 season.
Shanahan holds a Master of Science degree from Penn in education (Higher Education Administration Division) and a doctoral degree from the University's Graduate School of Education (Higher Education Management Division).