Little League Baseball and Softball made history Friday when it named Davie Jane Gilmour the first chairman in the organization's 73-year history.
Gilmour, president of the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., will head Little League's International Board of Directors until 2017, president and CEO Stephen Keener announced. She succeeds Dennis Lewin of Wellington, Fla.
"Davie Jane brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the position of chairman," Lewin said. "She is highly respected in her field, and since joining the board in 2006, has provided a profound voice in crafting the future direction of the Little League program."
Little League was founded in 1939 and girls were first allowed to play in 1974. Participation has expanded to include nearly 400,000 girls throughout the world.
"I have a genuine respect for the role and responsibility of chairman, and I'm proud to be associated with an organization that plays such a relevant role in the lives of so many children," Gilmour said.