May 18, 2010
CLEVELAND - The National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) has announced that NAAC Past President Judy Van Horn, associate athletics director/senior woman administrator (SWA) at the University of Michigan has been named the recipient of the 2010 Frank Kara Leadership Award. Also being announced are the recipients of the inaugural Organizational Leadership Award - the University of Texas’s DeLoss Dodds (men’s athletics director) and Chris Plonsky (women’s athletics director). The recipients will be honored Tuesday, June 22 during the NAAC Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.
The Frank Kara Leadership award is NAAC’s most prestigious annual award and is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance, Frank Kara. Recipients display exceptional leadership and unique vision for compliance initiatives, as well as demonstrating a commitment to furthering the compliance profession through being instrumental in the revitalization of NAAC - all of which describe 2010 recipient Judy Van Horn.
Van Horn began her tenure as associate athletics director/SWA at Michigan in 2001, with an emphasis on overseeing the athletics department's Compliance Services Office. Van Horn serves as the University's primary liaison with the Big Ten Office, NCAA and Michigan's Office of the General Counsel for compliance issues and is a member of the athletics department executive staff. In her time at Michigan, she has gracefully handled some high-profile compliance situations.
Her hard work and vision as a former NAAC board member and past president led to exponential growth and recognition for the association. Most notably, her efforts with NAAC, the Committee on Infractions and the Enforcement Staff regarding the enforcement and infractions process was an enormous step forward for compliance professionals who have largely been held out of the infractions process.
"Judy’s vision and tireless work effort were the driving force behind NAAC’s restructuring and reorganization," stated Awards Committee Chair Tricia Turley, associate athletics director for compliance and student services, Ohio University. "Her influence not only motivates her compliance peers but also extends nationally to other collegiate leaders. Her demonstrated commitment to the compliance profession makes her most deserving of the Frank Kara Leadership Award."
The Organizational Leadership Award was designed to honor organizational leaders who have demonstrated outstanding commitments to promoting compliance within their organizations and on a national level. The University of Texas has long been a leader in this area, and much of that can be credited to men’s AD DeLoss Dodds and women’s AD Chris Plonsky.
"DeLoss and Chris have both demonstrated strong support of NAAC, and were vital to the association’s present success," said Turley. "Moreover, due to their national presence on compliance-related issues, NAAC is proud to honor DeLoss and Chris with the inaugural Organizational Leadership Award."
Together, Dodds and Plonsky saw the need for compliance professionals to have a national voice so their function within intercollegiate athletics could be enhanced, consequently, their financial and professional support of NAAC was a driving force in the resurgence of the association. At Texas, their strong belief in winning with integrity has led them to encourage continued growth and development opportunities to the staff and to provide the compliance office with the necessary technological resources to monitor NCAA rules.
Individually, Dodds was recently awarded the Core Values Award for Integrity as a community leader, and Plonsky serves on the institution’s Executive Compliance Committee - the president’s group that oversees all compliance issues for the university - further proving their unwavering commitment to the compliance profession.
About NAAC: NAAC is in its 12th year and serves as the professional and educational association of senior compliance administrators. For more information on NAAC, please visit www.naaccompliance.com. NAAC is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 45th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.