“I’m glad to be back at WKU,” Brown said. “It’s amazing how things work out and life brings you full circle.”
Brown, a Louisville native, was a member of the Lady Toppers from 1982 to 1985 and received her bachelor’s degree in 1985.
She has spent the past 20 years in sales, marketing and account management and will use those skills to raise funds and improve support for WKU’s Olympic sports as well as the Lady Toppers.
“We are very excited to have Gina on board,” said Tom Hiles, WKU’s vice president for Institutional Advancement. “She has been successful in the business world and on the basketball court and we feel Gina will do an outstanding job. As a former Lady Topper, she appreciates the support and the devotion of all of our alumni and friends who support our athletic tradition.”
As a member of Lady Toppers, Brown scored 1,243 points, which ranks 15th all-time, and started 100 of the 122 games she played. She was a co-captain and was named second-team all-Sun Belt Conference in 1983 and 1984.
Brown has worked in pharmaceutical sales and account management for Publicis Selling Solutions/Nitromed, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Ventiv Health US Sales, all in Atlanta. She’s also worked for Georgia-Pacific Corp. and Essence of Quality Inc., both in Atlanta; Ralston Purina Co. in St. Louis; and Hunt-Wesson Foods in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn.
Brown attended DuPont Manual High School in Louisville and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
“My family is excited that I’m closer to home,” Brown said. “I’m excited to be home again.”
Since returning to WKU, Brown has been impressed with the transformation of the campus and the improvements at Diddle Arena and other athletic facilities. Those changes help not only in recruiting students and student-athletes but also in attracting donors and prospective donors, she said.
“This campus has changed in such positive ways in both growth and as an institution,” Brown said. “I think it’s just a sign of great things to come.”