University of Pennsylvania Athletic Director Grace Calhoun announced that Kevin Bonner, who has nearly 15 years of communications and administrative experience at three universities in Philadelphia, has been appointed associate athletic director (AD) for administration and strategic communications.
As associate AD, Mr. Bonner will be responsible for managing strategic communications for Penn Athletics, serving as primary communications contact for the office of the director while also managing special projects. He will oversee the men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis programs.
“We are excited to welcome Kevin and his family to Penn,” Dr. Calhoun said. “He joins us with a wealth of communications experience and both local and national connections that will help us promote our areas of excellence. Kevin will be instrumental in managing and promoting the division’s strategic plan being launched this fall.”
Mr. Bonner arrives at Penn after seven years at La Salle University, most recently as the associate athletic director. He was responsible for the publicity of the men’s basketball program and also directed the Explorers’ marketing and promotions, social media, video and community service efforts.
“I am excited to join Grace and her team at the University of Pennsylvania,” Mr. Bonner said. “I look forward to helping advance the strategic priorities of Penn Athletics and working with the staff, coaches and student-athletes at this world-class institution.”
At La Salle, Mr. Bonner successfully pitched stories to national outlets such as the New York Times, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and NCAA Champion Magazine and coordinated all publicity for the men’s basketball team’s trip to the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. He was also the media coordinator for the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regional held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Prior to arriving at La Salle, Mr. Bonner spent five years at Temple University from 2004-2009, advancing to the role of assistant athletic director/media relations and publications. He began his career in athletic communications at Saint Joseph’s University from 2002-2004.
Mr. Bonner was an all-conference and academic all-district baseball player at Elizabethtown College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2002. He received a master’s degree in sports administration from Temple in 2008.