JU athletics announces compliance staff promotions

July 4, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has promoted Donna Kirk to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Stephanie Garland to Counsel for NCAA Compliance, it was announced Wednesday by JU Director of Athletics Alan Verlander.

Kirk earned her third promotion since joining the JU family as ticket manager in August of 1997. She was named Director of Compliance in 2000 before being promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 2001. Kirk's current duties include serving as the NCAA compliance contact for all 18 Division I sports, while monitoring amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, camps/clinics and playing and practice seasons.

Kirk also serves on an NCAA peer review team, which travels to member institutions to evaluate programs for Division I certification.

Prior to JU, Kirk served as a ticketing intern for the Jacksonville Jaguars during its inaugural season in 1995.

Kirk received her bachelor's degree in communication from Florida State in 1993 and earned her master's in sport management from Georgia Southern in 1995.

"Donna has been an integral part of JU athletics for the past nine years," said Verlander. "This promotion is well deserved as she has run our compliance office in a first-class manner. I am thankful for her loyalty to the mission of JU athletics."

Garland, a former student-athlete rower at the University of Tampa, earns her first promotion since joining JU as a compliance assistant in 2006. She gains the Counsel of NCAA Compliance title with the help of her law experience and degree she earned from the Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio in May 2006.

Her current duties include protecting the integrity of the university by ensuring JU is compliant with NCAA, Atlantic Sun Conference and University rules and regulations. She monitors all 18 sports, including investigating and reporting rules violations and educating staff, student-athletes and JU representatives on NCAA bylaws and interpretations. Garland also works with the NCAA Clearinghouse in determining qualification status of student-athletes.

Prior to JU, Garland's other sports experience includes working as a corporate sales assistant and men's rowing coach for the University of Tampa from 2000-01. She worked six seasons for the Hagerstown Suns baseball club, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets, and became the first and only female ever selected as South Atlantic League's "Batboy/Girl of the Year" in 1994. She has also worked as a judicial extern for Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer in the Supreme Court of Ohio and served as a law clerk in the office of Samuel B. Weiner, Esq. The Cavetown, Md. native earned her B.S. in exercise science and sports studies from Tampa in 2001 and has her master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University. Garland is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

"Stephanie is one of the sharpest and brightest in this field," Verlander said. "With her legal background, she has really come in and made a difference in a short amount of time. We are lucky to have her at JU."