Update May 6, 2011
Senior Associate Athletics Director Kathy Jones supervises most of the Olympic sports at Southern Illinois University and is the department's point person for monitoring student-athlete well-being. She oversees compliance and the student services areas, including academic advising, the athletic training room and the strength and conditioning program.
Jones also heads up departmental efforts on diversity and gender equity issues. She serves on the Carbondale/SIUC Sexual Assault Response Committee and the Campus Theme/Common Reader Committee. Jones is also heavily involved in the strategic planning process within Intercollegiate Athletics and is a member of the University's Strategic Planning Committee.
Jones currently represents the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council. She also served three years representing the MVC on the former Division I Management Council. Jones played several key roles in SIU's 2007 NCAA Division I Athletics Certification process, serving as the campus liaison, chief report writer and coordinator of follow-up on certification plans for improvement.
A Southern Illinois alum with more than 30 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, Jones joined the athletic department in January, 2000. Before coming to SIU, Jones spent 10 years as an attorney whose practice focused on NCAA compliance and infractions matters. Jones served three years as ex officio legal counsel to the board of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). Her background also includes a nine-year stay at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she served as compliance coordinator after a stint as an academic counselor.
A native of Savannah, Mo., Jones earned her bachelor's degree from Northwest Missouri State in 1973, before receiving her master's degree from SIU in 1977. She earned a juris doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1984.