BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Macalester College Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) Vanessa Seljeskog has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Distinguished Service Award, the Conference announced today. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to their institution and the Conference. It is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual from the MIAC.
"Vanessa Seljeskog has exemplified the true meaning of excellence in Division III athletics as a coach, administrator, colleague, and friend," MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane said. "The Conference is proud to present the MIAC Distinguished Service Award to Vanessa in recognition of such outstanding service to Macalester College, student-athletes, the MIAC and the NCAA for more than 30 years."
Seljeskog spent 12 years as an Associate Athletics Director and 10 years as an Assistant Athletics Director at Macalester College, where she currently assists with the day-to-day management of 21 varsity sports. She is also directly responsible for overseeing departmental compliance and eligibility requirements, providing direction and guidance to the Sports Information department, and is Chair of the Physical Education Department at Macalester. Additionally, Seljeskog assisted in the planning of the new $45 million Leonard Center Athletics facility, oversaw the $1.5 million renovation of the track complex, and has organized and managed numerous MIAC championships and NCAA postseason playoff events, in addition to serving as Macalester's Head Women's Cross Country and Track coach from 1986-2000. She is retiring from Macalester at the end of May 2017.
During her 14-year tenure as Macalester's head women's cross country and track coach, Seljeskog coached numerous All-Americans and All-Conference athletes, was named the 1999 MIAC cross country Coach of the Year, and led her 2000 cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Additionally, Seljeskog served as co-meet director for the 1998 and 2002 NCAA Division III National Track and Field Championships held at Macalester College and has hosted several MIAC cross country and track championships.
Her impact to the MIAC has been significant, as Seljeskog has offered her insight, expertise and thought while serving on a number of Conference committees. She is currently the AD liaison to the MIAC Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country coaches group, and previously served on and chaired the NCAA Division III Track and Field subcommittee. She has been a true leader in intercollegiate athletics and a perfect representation of all the MIAC stands for.
Seljeskog is the 24th recipient of the award since its inception in 2001. She is the third person from Macalester to receive the honor (Jack Rossmann 2007, Doug Bolstorff 2001). Seljeskog was presented with the award at the MIAC Athletic Directors' Council meeting on May 9, 2017.