Maureen McGonagle

Director of Campus Recreation at DePaul University

Ms. McGonagle provides vision and leadership for DePaul University's dynamic and comprehensive Campus Recreation Department. She supervises 13 full-time staff and over 200 part-time staff. She administers a $5 million budget, generates $3 million in non-student fee revenue, and operates an award-winning 123,000 square foot facility. Ms. McGonagle created and nurtures an environment that inspires innovation, values excellence, and facilitates effective student development. She is active in the DePaul community, teaching for PE, serving as a staff professional for Explore Chicago, and serving as a judicial case advisor for the Dean of Students office. Previous positions included associate director of campus recreation at UIC, director of intramurals at UIC, and graduate assistant of intramurals and special events at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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M.B.A. Strategic Planning, Marketing, HR Management (University of Illinois at Chicago)

M.S. (abt) Leisure Services Administration (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

B.S. Leisure Studies Program Management and Business (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Collegiate Recreation Leadership Summit, host and faculty, 2017 – present

NIRSA Executive Education task force, chair 2014-2016

NIRSA Honor Award, 2015

NIRSA Past Presidents’ Representative, 2010-2012

Horace Moody Award, 2008

NIRSA Board Member (President-Elect 2005-2006, President 2006-2007, Past President 2007-2008)

NIRSA Service Award, 1989, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010

Governance Commission Member 2007-2009

NIRSA Services Corporation, 2004-2005, 2007-2008

NIRSA Foundation Board Member, 2006-2007

School of Recreational Sports Management, Faculty & Chair, 2000-2003

Lead On Founder & Coordinator

Committee Chair (Honor Award, Nominations & Elections, Annual Conference Program, Career Opportunities, Recreational Sports & Fitness Magazine Advisory Board, 50th Celebration, Student Professional Development)

Storytelling – Athletic Business Conference DOWNLOAD
Organizational Culture – Athletic Business Conference DOWNLOAD
Informed Decision Making: Answering “Why?” – Athletic Business Conference DOWNLOAD
Gender Non-Conforming Students: Locker Room Use and Program Participation – NIRSA Annual Conference DOWNLOAD
Embezzlers, Swindlers, and Thieves, Oh My! – Athletic Business Conference DOWNLOAD
Successful Collaborations: Building Relationships, Improving Outcomes, and Leveraging Synergy DOWNLOAD
Sustainability Ambassador Training DOWNLOAD
Sustainability Microsession DOWNLOAD
Sustainability: Positioning Yourself and Your Organization for Long-Term Success DOWNLOAD
Achieving Excellence: The Role of Department Culture DOWNLOAD
Building Community Through Physical Space DOWNLOAD
Campus Recreational Sports: Managing Employees, Programs, Facilities, and Services
Achieving Departmental Excellence: Departmental Culture DOWNLOAD
Increasing Interview Effectiveness DOWNLOAD
Achieving Departmental Excellence: Starting with the Hiring Process DOWNLOAD
Living the Vincentian Legacy at the Ray

“As the university’s largest employer of student workers – more than 140 student employees – Campus Rec holds a special responsibility in shaping students’ futures beyond DePaul.”

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Maureen McGonagle Recipient of the 2015 NIRSA Honor Award
Maureen McGonagle begins serving on the NIRSA Assembly