Mary Mulvenna, who has spent the last six years as an assistant commissioner at the Missouri Valley Conference, was named America East's Assistant Commissioner for Compliance today.
Mary Mulvenna, who has spent the last six years as an assistant commissioner at the Missouri Valley Conference, was named America East's Assistant Commissioner for Compliance today.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Mary Mulvenna Joins Staff as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance

Release: 11/03/2011
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen announced today that Mary Mulvenna has been hired as the league’s Assistant Commissioner for Compliance. Mulvenna, who will start December 12, has spent the last six years in a similar position at the Missouri Valley Conference.

“We are pleased that Mary Mulvenna has agreed to join the America East Conference staff,” said Huchthausen. “She has extensive conference office experience, has served on national committees and has developed a strong national network that will greatly assist our league. I’m extremely excited about the immediate and long-term contributions she’ll make to our membership and the conference office and am thrilled that she’ll be part of our team moving forward.”

In her new role, Mulvenna will serve as the primary liaison to the league’s nine member institutions in the areas of compliance and student-athlete welfare. 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 Advisory Fund, National Letter of Intent and Coaches Certification Programs for the conference. Additionally, Mulvenna will direct the conference’s community service programs and initiatives, coordinate all legislative and governance activities for the conference, act as a primary liaison to membership on APR issues and have sport oversight. She will also work with various conference committees, including the Board of Presidents, Athletic Directors Council, Faculty Athletic Representatives, Compliance Administrators, Academic Advisors and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

“This opportunity with the America East is a perfect fit for me,” said Mulvenna. “The conference has great new leadership, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Commissioner Huchthausen has great energy and vision, and I’m certainly honored to be able to join the America East staff. “

Having gained experience working at two other Division I conferences, Mulvenna most recently served as the Assistant Commissioner of Compliance & Community Relations for the Missouri Valley Conference. There, she was on the conference’s senior management team and influenced the Missouri Valley’s strategic plan with the primary responsibility of conveying the student-athlete and national perspective to the group. Mulvenna has acted as the league’s primary liaison to the conference’s compliance administrators and provided the group with guidance and feedback on interpretive issues. She has also represented the Missouri Valley on various NCAA committees including Legislative Council, the Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet and the Legislative Review and Interpretations Committee.

In addition to her compliance duties, Mulvenna was the conference’s primary sport administrator for men’s and women’s soccer as well as swimming and diving. She was the main liaison to those coaches groups, ran those conference championships and developed league schedules. Mulvenna also supervised the Missouri Valley’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and mentored the current Division I National SAAC President.

Prior to joining the Missouri Valley, Mulvenna spent two years as a compliance assistant at the Ivy League, where she provided assistance and oversight to the membership’s compliance administrators. She also coordinated the Coaches Certification Programs for the league, worked with the conference’s SAAC and was a member of the league’s Sportsmanship Committee.

Mulvenna began her career in college administration as a compliance graduate extern at Temple University, her alma mater. In her two years working at Temple, Mulvenna assisted in the eligibility certification program, monitored student-athlete employment, maintained squad lists, coordinated rules education meetings for department coaches and staff, monitored academic progress of student athletes and tracked recruiting procedures for each sport.

A standout women’s soccer student-athlete for the Owls, Mulvenna received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Temple, earning the former in Sport and Recreation Management in 2001 and the latter in Sports Administration in 2003.

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