PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Kathleen Hatch is the new Region VI vice president of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

Hatch, the interim associate director of university recreation at WSU, was elected to the position on the NIRSA 2000-2001 Board of Directors during the association’s 51st annual conference in Providence, R.I.

Region VI includes Alaska, Arizona, Asia, Australia, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Japan, Nevada, New Zealand, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Yukon.

Hatch is “providing outstanding leadership to the development of programs and facilities” associated with the university’s new Student Recreation Center, which will open in January, said Tim McCarty, WSU Compton Union Building director.

A NIRSA member for 15 years, Hatch is a graduate of the NIRSA School of Recreational Sports Management. She has been active in serving the association as a member of task forces, committee chairs, a NIRSA Journal author, and as a presenter at national and regional conferences.

She came to WSU in 1989 after serving as assistant intramural director/lecturer at Utah State University and previously as an intramurals/facilities graduate assistant at Oregon State University. A University of Calgary graduate, she earned a master’s of education degree from OSU.

Hatch said she is dedicated to moving NIRSA and the recreational sports profession forward in a cycle of “exploration, development, investment and advancement. The opportunity to move WSU ahead by providing integrated and comprehensive recreational and fitness programs, services and facilities excites me.”