Howard Hired as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance & Governance
BOSTON - America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen announced today that Abigail Howard has joined the conference staff as its Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Governance.
“I’m delighted to welcome Abby to our team in this very important role serving our membership,” said Huchthausen. “As a former Division I student-athlete, she understands the balance necessary to achieve academic and athletic success. She is also well-aware of the tensions that exist within the regulatory environment of college athletics from her time at the NCAA national office. Finally, her experience as a prosecutor has given her a unique perspective on how to manage some very difficult and challenging circumstances. This combination of passion, experience and skill will be immensely beneficial to our members and our conference office team.”
In her new role, Howard will serve as the primary liaison to the league’s nine member institutions in the areas of compliance, governance and academics. She will head up the conference’s compliance program including the facilitation of education efforts, rules interpretations, compliance reviews and waivers and will oversee will the NCAA Special Assistance Fund, Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund, National Letter of Intent and Coaches’ Certification Programs for the conference. Additionally, Howard will coordinate all legislative and governance activities, managing both conference and national issues for league members. She will also work with various conference committees, including the Board of Presidents, Athletic Directors Council, Faculty Athletic Representatives, Compliance Administrators and Academic Advisors.
“I am honored to accept this position and to be joining the America East Conference,” said Howard. “I greatly admire the creative and innovative approach to building the complete student-athlete as demonstrated by the Conference leadership and the member institutions. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the league.”
Howard brings a wide-variety of experience and an impressive educational background to the America East. She received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University where she majored in marketing and transportation logistics. While earning her degree, Howard was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Buckeyes’ women’s swimming and diving team. She then went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.
While studying at Kansas, Howard worked in the athletics compliance office. In this role, she directed the development and creation of the compliance office’s standard operating policies and procedures manual in preparation for the institution’s NCAA athletics certification review. In addition, Howard was responsible for developing educational materials for student-athletes, coaches and staff members.
Following her time at Kansas, Howard spent four years as an Assistant Director of Enforcement at the NCAA where she was primarily responsible for the development, investigation and processing of cases involving violations of NCAA Division I men’s basketball recruiting legislation. She also provided rules interpretations to member institutions and conference office representatives related to Division I men’s basketball recruiting legislation in her role.
Most recently, Howard has served as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, Ind. since 2013. In that role, Howard has represented the State of Indiana in all stages of criminal prosecution. She chaired multiple jury trials and over 100 court trials.
Howard will begin her position at the America East on August 22.