Entering her fourth year at Indiana University, Executive Associate Athletics Director Julie Cromer continues to guide departmental efforts to support all Hoosier student-athletes in reaching their fullest potential, earning Indiana University degrees, and winning with integrity. As a member of the Department's senior management team, Cromer provides leadership, consultation and guidance to the intercollegiate athletics division and, as Senior Woman Administrator, serves as the Department's liaison to the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA. In addition, Cromer guides the Department's sports administration efforts, chairing a team of administrators responsible for Indiana University's 24 varsity sports, while currently serving as the primary sport administrator for the football, volleyball and women's basketball programs.
Previously, Cromer was the primary sport administrator for the 2012 men's soccer NCAA national championship team, the 2012 men's indoor track and field Big Ten championship team and the 2011 men's soccer Big Ten championship team, as well as other Olympic sport programs. Early in her tenure, Cromer bolstered athletic compliance operations and guided Indiana University'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. The Academy fully integrates the department's student-athlete well-being and development activities, innovative strength and conditioning regimens, advanced sports medicine and athletic training services, expert sports psychology staff, and the first full-time, in-house sports dietitian in the Big Ten, along with cutting-edge resources from other parts of the university, including the School of Public Health, the Office of the Provost, and the School of Education.
Actively engaged in intercollegiate athletics nationally, Cromer currently holds appointments on the NCAA Enforcement Working Group, the Big Ten Sports Management Committee and the Big Ten Administrators Council. She also serves on 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 will serve 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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