Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

  • Student-Athlete Development
  • Student-Athlete Well-Being and Performance
  • Academic Achievement
  • Rules Compliance

“Jennifer Phillips is a rare gem of a colleague. She is a creative and innovative leader, a brilliant mind, an effective collaborator, and a true champion and advocate for student-athletes to ensure the highest quality experience. Her impact and value to her organization and her student-athletes is immeasurable. ”

Adrianne L. Swinney,
Chief Operating Officer/SWA,
University of Connecticut Athletics


Jennifer is an accomplished and highly respected leader in designing effective models for the holistic development, academic success, and well-being of today’s student-athlete

As the James Madison University Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, Student-Athlete Services, Student-Athlete Leadership, and Senior Woman Administrator, Jennifer Phillips oversees all NCAA compliance and student-athlete academic services for JMU’s 18 sports. Jennifer is also the lead administrator for two of JMU’s consistently successful sports: Women’s Basketball and Women’s Swimming / Diving.

The breadth of her responsibilities also includes the design and implementation of the groundbreaking JMU Athletics Student-Athlete Leadership Development Program, Dukes Lead. She also chairs another one of her initiatives, the Athletics Eligibility Working Group, which meticulously monitors the academic progress of every JMU student-athlete. Jennifer’s Presidential appointment as Co-Chair of the campus-wide University Task Force on Inclusion, demonstrates that she is held in high regard by JMU peers.

Beyond the campus, Jennifer served on the NCAA Division I Amateurism Fact-Finding Committee. Her leadership role within the Colonial Athletic Conference has encompassed chairing the CAA SWA Committee as well as representing JMU on several CAA standing committees.

Prior to JMU, Phillips served as a Compliance/Financial Aid Coordinator at the University of Colorado before taking her first JMU position as an Assistant Director of Compliance. She also assumed a similar role at West Virginia University for two years before becoming the Assistant Athletics Director for NCAA Compliance at Gardner-Webb University. Phillips was at Gardner-Webb for four years before returning to JMU in 2008 as an Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance.

Phillips graduated from West Virginia University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management and went on to receive a Master of Science in Sport Management from WVU the following year.


James Madison University
(Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator)

Gardner Webb University
(Assistant Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance)

West Virginia University
(Compliance Director)

James Madison University
(Assistant Director of Compliance)

Colorado University
(Compliance and Financial Aid Coordinator)

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