FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Julie Cromer has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration and Sports Programs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at the University of Arkansas it was announced on Friday by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.
Cromer joins the University of Arkansas after spending the past four years at Indiana University and previously working at the NCAA, the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, South Alabama and Wright State University. Cromer will assume SWA duties from longtime coach and athletics administrator Bev Lewis who is retiring from Razorback Athletics in June.
“We are pleased to welcome Julie Cromer to the University of Arkansas and are looking forward to her working in this vitally important position within Razorback Athletics,” Long said. “Julie brings a breadth of intercollegiate athletics experience including accomplished tenures at Indiana University and the NCAA. Throughout her career, Julie has served at the institutional, conference and national levels to promote the growth, development and well-being of student-athletes. She is a great addition to our team and will be a tremendous benefit to our program serving more than 460 Razorback student-athletes.”
“I am very excited about this opportunity to join the talented staff led by Jeff Long at the University of Arkansas,” said Cromer. “In addition to Arkansas’ rich tradition and history, there is great momentum both on campus and throughout the intercollegiate athletics department. I look forward to serving Razorback student-athletes, coaches, staff and faculty and I am eager to join them and contribute to the department’s continued success.”
As the Executive Associate Athletics Director and SWA at Indiana, Cromer was a member of the department’s senior management team providing leadership, consultation and guidance to the intercollegiate athletics division. As SWA, she was the department's liaison to the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA and served on the Big Ten Sports Management Committee and the Big Ten Administrators Council.
In addition, Cromer guided the Department's sports administration efforts, chairing a team of administrators responsible for Indiana University's 24 varsity sports, while most recently serving as the primary sport administrator for the football, volleyball and women's basketball programs. Cromer also previously served as the primary sport administrator for men’s soccer, men’s track and field and various other Olympic sport programs.
Early in her tenure at Indiana, Cromer bolstered athletic compliance operations and guided the institution’s efforts to fulfill NCAA probation requirements. In April 2011 Cromer was appointed to direct the Indiana University Athletics Excellence Academy, an innovative and comprehensive student-athlete program designed to identify, assess and ensure progress toward each individual student-athlete's specific personal development and sports performance goals.
Actively engaged in intercollegiate athletics nationally, Cromer has been appointed to the NCAA Enforcement Working Group, the 1A Athletic Directors' Association Task Force on Compliance, the Education and Professional Development Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, and the Board of Directors for the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), for which she is serving as president in 2013-14. In addition, Cromer recently was selected to join the 1A Athletics Directors' Association Fellows Program. She has delivered speeches, instructed seminars and served on expert panels at numerous national conferences and forums, including events hosted by the NCAA, the Knight Commission and various professional organizations. In June 2012 she received NAAC's Frank Kara Leadership Award for her contributions to the field of athletics compliance.
Cromer arrived at Indiana University after a distinguished tenure with the NCAA National Office that began in 1999. As Director of Academic and Membership Affairs, Cromer coordinated the policy and NCAA legislative activities of various governance groups and created partnerships with faculty, coaches and administrative constituent organizations to advance NCAA academic reform, along with other national governance and policy initiatives. For this work Cromer was honored in 2010 by the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives and in 2007 she received the David Knight Award from the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives Association. In addition, she guided all policy development and staff activities supporting the Division I Athletics Certification program and she launched the Facilitating Learning and Achieving Graduation (FLAG) program, which was designed to measure the effectiveness of campus efforts to eliminate barriers to student-athlete graduation.
At the time of her departure from the NCAA, Interim President Jim Isch said, "During the last decade, academic reform has been a focus of our organization. Julie Cromer has played a major role in that effort. Her commitment to the well-being of student-athletes has been the hallmark of her time at the NCAA. The organization has moved forward because of her integrity and dedication to the principle that student-athletes can be both academically and athletically successful."
Prior to joining the NCAA, Cromer was the Assistant Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Wright State University, where she was the primary administrator for seven varsity sports while supervising the university's athletics compliance and academic support services units. From 1995-1998 Cromer worked at the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, where she began as an intern and ended her tenure as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Championships. Cromer also worked in academic support and compliance at the University of South Alabama.
Cromer received an MPA in policy analysis from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and she is an Honors College graduate of Missouri State University.
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