Retired Athletics Director Fredina Ingold receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Retired Penn State Altoona Director of Athletics Fredina M. Ingold was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement honor from WISE Women of Blair County, a local group aimed at empowering women and eliminating racism through collaboration, service, and education.
WISE, which stands for Women Involved in Scholarship and Empowerment, presented Ingold with the Lifetime Achievement award at its 2018 Tribute Dinner April 18 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Ingold was one of seven women recognized that evening for their service to the Blair County community through a variety of roles.
Ingold enjoyed a 37-year career at Penn State Altoona, playing a critical role in the growth and development of the campus’ intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports programs.
In 1986, Ingold was appointed Penn State Altoona’s Director of Athletics, and she also served as Director of Student Marketing and Enrollment from 1994-99. Under her direction, the campus’ athletics program transitioned from junior college status to NCAA Division III membership, beginning in the 1997-98 sports season.
During Ingold’s tenure as Director of Athletics, the number of sports expanded, improvements were made in athletics facilities, and the program grew in stature as a member of the NCAA, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. In 2007, Ingold’s athletics department was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education for its excellence in complying with Title IX, ranking third among 450 NCAA Division III schools for increased opportunities for women.
Ingold was a strong advocate for the multi-million dollar expansion and renovation of the Steven A. Adler Athletic Complex, which was completed during the 2017-18 academic year.
During Ingold’s career, she received several prestigious awards and recognitions. In 1990, she was the first female inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame. In 2002, she received the Robert J. Scannell Roll of Honor Award for serving the Penn State Commonwealth Education System. Ingold was also been named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NCAA Division III Central Region, honored with the ECAC’s James Lynah Distinguished Achievement award, and awarded an ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year recognition. In April 2017, Ingold was inducted into the ECAC Hall of Fame.
As a capstone to her long career, Ingold created the Fredina M. Ingold Intercollegiate Athletics Enhancement Endowment at Penn State Altoona, which provides funds critical to moving the campus’ athletics program forward in new and innovative ways. She continues to stay involved in athletics from an administrative standpoint, serving as an Emeritus Board Member for the ECAC and sitting on the Penn State Altoona Advisory Board.
Ingold resides in State College with her husband, Rand Allison. They have one daughter, Taylor.
(Left to Right): Penn State Altoona Chancellor and Dean Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, retired AD Fredina M. Ingold, and current AD Brent Baird attend the WISE Women of Blair County 2018 Tribute.