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Kathy Heylens
Position: Senior Associate AD-Compliance/SWA
Hometown: Watertown, S.D.
Phone: (605) 688-5308
Email: Kathy.Heylens@sdstate.edu

Kathy Heylens came to South Dakota State in July 1984 as a member of the staff in the admissions office before moving to athletics two years later as a senior secretary.

Heylens became the institution's first full-time Compliance Coordinator in 1990 and continues those duties as the associate athletic director for compliance and senior woman administrator.
Heylens manages all aspects of the athletics compliance program to ensure strict adherence with NCAA, affiliated conferences and university rules and regulations for amateurism, eligibility, recruiting, financial aid, awards and benefits, playing and practice seasons and enforcement. As the SWA, she helps to create an environment where staff and student-athletes can achieve their goals.
Heylens recently accepted an appointment of a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Legislative Council, which serves as the primary legislative body in the Division I governance structure. She also accepted an appointment to the four-member Legislative Council Administrative Committee, which acts on behalf of the full Legislative Council between meetings to transact routine items of business. She also serves on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Governance Committee.
In addition to her day-to-day duties, Heylens serves on the Undergraduate Experience Committee, Diversity Committee, Intercollegiate Athletics Board and Compliance Team. She also volunteers in the community as co-chair of the Brookings Food Pantry and serves as a member of the Brookings Committee for People With Disabilities.
A Watertown, S.D., native, she enjoys reading, spending time at the lake and cheering on the Jacks.