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.