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School of Education alum Bonner to be inducted into UW Athletics Hall of Fame

September 11, 2015

School of Education alumna Paula Bonner is being inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

Bonner, who today is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, earned her master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology in 1976.

Paula Bonner
Prior to joining WAA, Bonner was an associate athletic director at UW-Madison, with responsibility for directing the 11 sports that comprised the women’s athletics program. Title IX had just been passed in June 1972, while Bonner was an undergraduate and student-athlete at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she earned a degree in physical education and coaching.

She then came to UW-Madison in 1976 to earn her master’s degree in higher education and physical education, with the goal of moving into intercollegiate athletic administration.

Bonner is credited with helping build the university’s women’s athletic program during her years with the athletic department.

To learn much more about Bonner’s career as an athletic administrator, check out this in-depth article by Mike Lucas posted to the UWBadgers.com website.

The UW Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2015 class also includes volleyball player Lizzy Fitzgerald, men’s soccer player Mike Gentile, men’s basketball’s Devin Harris, football star Jim Leonhard, men’s hockey player Brian Rafalski and women’s hockey player Kerry Weiland. The group will be inducted on Friday, Sept. 11 at Union South and will be honored the next day on the field at Camp Randall Stadium during the football team’s home opener against Miami (Ohio).

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