Alumna named eighth director of athletics
After serving for eight months in the role on an acting basis, Lynne Dempsey '93, Heller MM'04, was named Brandeis University's eighth director of athletics.
Dempsey was appointed acting athletic director in September when Sheryl Sousa '90 was named senior associate vice president for student affairs. Dempsey served as Sousa's top assistant for the previous 11 years.
"Lynne's dedication to Brandeis Athletics and our student-athletes is tremendous," Sousa said. "She has taken more and more responsibility, while continuing to forge valuable connections with students, parents and alumni alike. I am thrilled that she will continue to lead the next era of Brandeis Athletics."
"This past year was one of the most fulfilling of my career," Dempsey said. "I appreciate the opportunity to continue in this role and continue to give back to Brandeis Athletics in every way I can."
Dempsey starred in soccer, basketball and softball for the Judges. She earned the program's Max I. Silber Award as the top female athlete as a senior. After a year as a part-time employee with the Judges, she returned to her alma mater full time in 1994 and has served the Department of Athletics in several capacities since. In 2004, she earned her master's degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Dempsey has served as senior associate director of athletics since 2011.
In her year as acting director of athletics, Brandeis hosted two NCAA events -– the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III men's soccer championships in November and the NCAA Fencing championships in March.
As athletic director, Dempsey supervises the administrative and coaching staff and oversees the day-to-day operations of the department. Her other duties include NCAA compliance, corporate partnerships and working as liaison with Academic Services, Alumni Relations, Student Life, Public Safety, and Health and Wellness. Dempsey serves on several University committees, including the Committee on Academic Standing and the Personal Safety Committee.