Kathy Jones
    Kathy  Jones

    Senior Associate AD

    Alma Mater:
    Northwest Missouri State (1973)

    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 part of a team of SIU staff members in Wellness, Health Education and Saluki Athletics who were successful in receiving a three-year NCAA CHOICES Grant for an alcohol harm reduction program for students on the SIU campus beginning in fall 2015. For her efforts in mentoring students and staff, Jones received the SIU University Women’s Professional Advancement Mentorship Award in 2015. She has served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses in both the School of Law and the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education. Jones has served on the SIU Administrative/Professional (A/P) Staff Council for the Carbondale campus since 2011. She chaired the Council for three years from 2012 to 2015. Jones was appointed to the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee during 2014-15 representing A/P staff. 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 NCAA 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 over 35 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, Jones joined Saluki Athletics 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 athletic 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 in Higher Education-College Student Personnel 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.