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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 senior associate athletic director for compliance and senior woman’s 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.
    Heylens is serving accepted an appointment to 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 has been appointmented 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.
     A Watertown native, Kathy and her husband, Bill, live in Volga and have two grown children.