Gwen Norrell, who was at one time the highest-ranking woman in the history of the NCAA, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at the age of 84. Norrell, a native of Eudora, Ark., was born in that city on Nov. 12, 1919. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, a Master's Degree in Counseling from the Teacher's College at Columbia and a Doctor of Education Degree from Colorado.
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MSU's new president has a lot on her plate...
July 2, 2004 - Detroit Free Press
Q: How does it feel to be named the first female MSU president? A: It was poignant for me that Gwen Norrell's memorial service was being held about the same time the board was voting on my appointment. She was much more of a pioneering woman at MSU than I ever will be. [ READ FULL STORY ]

Gwen Norrell: Top ranking woman in NCAA in 1980s
June 18, 2004 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It was a series of firsts in Gwen Norrell's life. The Eudora native was the first in her family to attend college. Her first teaching job was also her first coaching job with her alma mater's girls basketball team. But she would have to first learn how to play the sport. [ READ FULL STORY]

MSU loses pioneer in athletics, academics, a 'university jewel'
June 15, 2004 - MSU University Relations
Gwendolyn Norrell of East Lansing, who at one time was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the National Collegite Athletic Association (NCAA), left her mark nationally and on Michigan State University's academic and athletic programs. [ READ FULL STORY ]

Pioneer for women in athletics administration dies at 84
June 16, 2004 - Lansing State Journal
Former Michigan State faculty athletics representative Gwendolyn Norrell died on Tuesday at the age of 84. Norrell was at one time the higest-ranking woman in the history of the NCAA, when she served as vice president from 1983-85. [ READ FULL STORY ]

Frank / Norrell Scholarship Program
Southwestern Athletic Conference
When Dr. James Frank retired as Commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 1998, Dr. Gwen Norrell, former Professor and Faculty Athletics Representative at Michigan State University sent the SWAC a contribution of one thousand dollars ($1,000) to be used for a scholarship in Dr. Frank's name, and promised to send the same amount each year until her death. Dr. Norrell worked closely with Dr. Frank during their many committee assignments and long tenure with the NCAA. Unfortunatley, Dr. Norrell passed away recently (June/2004), but the scholarship program remains in effect. [ READ FULL STORY ]

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