Debbie Van Saun
Debbie Van Saun joined the Kansas Athletics staff as an Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator in August 2007. In July 2011, Van Saun was named Senior Associate Athletics Director. At Kansas, Van Saun directly supervises selected sports and provides administrative guidance to those coaches and their programs. Those selected sports include women's basketball, rowing, men's golf, women's golf, softball, and swimming and diving. In addition, Van Saun oversees Student-Athlete Development, Sports Medicine, Travel, Risk Management, and works closely with student-athletes regarding financial aid, housing, summer school, fifth-year aid and other pertinent areas. It is Van Saun's responsibility to monitor Kansas Athletics' efforts to comply with Title IX and NCAA gender equity principles, as well as monitor NCAA governance issues and contribute to the University's position on new NCAA legislation.
Van Saun came to KU from the City of Lawrence, where she served in numerous positions: as assistant city manager, assistant utilities director, assistant finance director and collections supervisor. Her roles with the City date back to 1979 and concluded when she came to KU in 2007.
Van Saun earned two degrees from KU, a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Public Administration.