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Donna (Mulhern) Woodruff is the Executive Associate Director of Athletics at Stony Brook. A longtime member of the department's senior staff, she served as the Interim Director of Athletics from November 2013 to June 2014. As Chief of Staff for the department, she manages the daily operation of the Department of Athletics and oversees several administrative units including Student-Athlete Development, Compliance and Facility & Events Operations while also supervising men's and women's basketball, men's soccer and women's lacrosse. Originally hired in April 2004 as the Associate Director of Athletics for Administration & Student-Athlete Development/Senior Woman Administrator, Woodruff was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA in July 2005.
Since her arrival at Stony Brook, Woodruff has also been named to several committees including the NCAA Certification Steering Committee, the Scholarship Coordinating Council, the Student Life Advisory Committee, the Undergraduate Recognition Committee, as well as the President's Five Year Plan Task Force on Multicampus Development. Woodruff has also been trained to serve as a University Diversity Fellow as a part of the President's initiative to address the goal of fostering and promoting positive cross cultural activities for the Stony Brook community. As an institutional SWA within the nine-member America East Conference, Woodruff was selected by her peers to serve a two-year term as the Chair of the SWA Committee (2008-2010) where she served as a member of the America East Athletic Director's Council. Woodruff was also invited to attend the prestigious Sports Management Institute in June 2010 and completed the program in January 2011. She was also recently appointed to the NCAA Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Cabinet and will serve in that role until July 2016.
Woodruff was named a recipient of the 2011 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Administrator of the Year award for her tireless efforts with the Seawolves. Since the 2010-11 year, she had facility project oversight responsibility for Stony Brook's $3 million University Track project, $1.2 million Joe Nathan Baseball Field project, the $4.3 million Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center project, and she is currently overseeing the $21.1 million arena renovation project. She also has served as a committee member for the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships, the America East Conference Championship and Competition Committee (CCC) and as a member of the search committee, as selected by President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., for the Stony Brook University Provost.
Woodruff arrived at Stony Brook after serving for seven years as an athletic administrator at both Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania. The former Director of Administrative Services for Athletics at Villanova, Woodruff represented its 24 teams on residence life, dining services and financial aid issues while coordinating all athletic camp operations. She was also responsible for the oversight of program operations for men's ice hockey, men's crew, men's volleyball, men's water polo and the athletic department equipment room. As a member of the compliance office staff, she was connected to all day-to-day operations and in charge of specific programs such as the NCAA Special Assistance Fund, the Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and drug testing. During her tenure at Villanova, she spearheaded the Athletic Department Internship Program that supported 18 full-time interns.
Woodruff was also a member of the Villanova University Community Committee and leader of the Villanova Quality Initiative team. She served on VU's NCAA Certification Steering Committee, the ECAC Field Hockey Selection Committee and as a representative at the first round of the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament.
Prior to Villanova, Woodruff spent four years as an athletic administrator at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as the contest scheduler for all 34 intercollegiate sports while creating and monitoring contest contracts for each sport. In addition, she collaborated on the coaches' yearly budget process and acted as the department's liaison between facilities and operations personnel, the athletic communications office and the associate athletic directors.
Woodruff began her career as an assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach at Penn in August of 1991. She stayed in that position for five years before assuming the dual role of assistant field hockey coach and athletic administrator. Along with her duties at Penn, from 1993-1996 she was a Regional Administrative Director for the U.S. Field Hockey Association where she was directly responsible for overseeing the USFHA Olympic Development Field Hockey program in Pennsylvania, the largest of 11 regions throughout the nation. She managed and organized more than 650 athletes, 80 coaches, 15 athletic trainers and 15 site directors for participation in six months of training sessions following a curriculum developed by the United States National Coaching Staff. Woodruff currently serves as a member of the University of Pennsylvania Field Hockey Alumnae Board.
Woodruff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania where she earned All-America status as a field hockey player. She helped lead her team to the Final Four of the 1988 NCAA Championship and remains the only player in school history to be named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. She also was an All-Ivy and Regional All-America pick in lacrosse. She later went on to receive her Master of Science degree in education in 2000 also from the University of Pennsylvania.