Ivy Leaf - Spring 2009

Ingold to Serve at National Level


Penn State Altoona Athletics Director Fredina M. Ingold has been appointed to serve on the NCAA Division III Management Council, the secondmost influential council in the entire Division III governance structure. Her four-year term will begin in January 2009.

"It is an honor to represent Penn State Altoona and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference on such a distinguished committee as the Management Council," states Ingold, who has served a number of roles at the college for over thirty years. "This appointment is especially gratifying, and it is with great excitement that I look forward to helping Division III athletics continue to grow and flourish."

Donna Ledwin, commissioner of the AMCC, also recognizes the benefits of having Ingold on the Management Council.

"Fredina will be a terrific representative for both the AMCC and for Division III because she is one of those people who sees the big picture," noted Ledwin. "She goes beyond what would most benefit her program and has the ability to act in the best interest of the greater good. That is the kind of leadership we need at the national level."

Ingold comes from a unique athletic background and is a true pioneer in women’s athletics. Under her leadership, Penn State Altoona Intercollegiate Athletics successfully transitioned from junior college status to NCAA Division III provisional membership in 1998, and to NCAA Division III full membership in 2002.

In various administrative capacities, Ingold has played a critical role in the growth and development of Penn State Altoona’s intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports programs since joining the staff in 1977. A former faculty member, she coached the women’s varsity basketball and tennis teams, men’s club golf and volleyball teams, and men’s and women’s swimming teams. Currently Ingold is serving as a board member and President-Elect for the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Ingold’s commitment to intercollegiate athletics goes beyond her current administrative duties. She recently created the "Fredina M. Ingold Intercollegiate Athletics Enhancement Endowment" at Penn State Altoona. The enhancement endowment, the first at the college, will provide discretionary funds that are crucial to moving Intercollegiate Athletics forward in new and innovative ways that will enhance the extracurricular experience for student-athletes, satisfy the expectations of a cutting-edge coaching staff, and provide attractive entertainment options for alumni and fans in the community.

A former student-athlete at Penn State Altoona and University Park, Ingold was a member of the first women’s varsity volleyball and basketball teams at Penn State Altoona and a member of the varsity softball and first women’s volleyball teams at Penn State. Ingold was also the first woman to be inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. She received The Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor award in 2002 for serving the Penn State Commonwealth Education System Athletic, Intramural and Recreation Programs with distinction.

Ingold resides in State College with her husband, Rand Allison, and daughter, Taylor.