Be the Change

Dean Ehlers


 
image: /_images/profiles/bethechange/ehlers-dean-655x873.jpg

Prior to the 1970s, Madison was known as a women's college. JMU's transformation into a respected, regional, codeducational university was remarkable and fast — and athletics played a signficant role in the change. Steering sports programs from 1971 to his retirement 22 years later, Dean Ehlers, the university's first full-time director of athletics, led the meteoric rise from a small college athletics program to a nationally recognized Division I program. With leadership universally know for integrity, he helped finesse a new Madison reputation, enabling a change that many said was impossible. History, though, testifies to his essential and important role in creating the new perception of Madison.

"Dean of Madison Athletics"

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Back to Top

    Related Articles

  • Bill Evans Be the Change: Bill Evans chosen as commencement speaker

    At the 2016 Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Bill Evans invoked Mahatma Gandhi as he encouraged graduates to consider how they might be the change we want to see in the world.


Read More