Lynne Dempsey Named Brandeis University Director of Athletics

Lynne Dempsey Named Brandeis University Director of Athletics

From Brandeis University Athletics

After a year in the role on an interim basis, Lynne Dempsey '93 has had the Acting part of her title removed and she has been selected as Brandeis University's eighth Director of Athletics.

Dempsey was selected as Acting Athletic Director last September. She took the interim role 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 is a 1993 Brandeis graduate who 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 ever since. In 2004, she earned her M.M. from Brandeis's Heller School of Public Policy. Dempsey has been the 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 National Collegiate Fencing championships in March. Brandeis had five teams receive national rankings in 2015-16 – women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's tennis.

Dempsey currently 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. She also serves as the point person in the department with recruiting and admissions.