Update April 4, 2014
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 area and the strength and conditioning program. Jones also heads up departmental efforts on diversity and gender equity issues. She has been heavily involved in the strategic planning process within Intercollegiate Athletics.
Jones is the current chair of the SIU Administrative/Professional Staff Council for the Carbondale campus, serving in that capacity since May 2012. She has been a member of the Council since 2011. She represented the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council from 2008-2011. She also served three years representing the MVC on the former Division I Management Council from 2005-2008. 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. Jones has served as the primary liaison for the Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Council since 2000.
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.