Molly Sullivan Named Associate A.D. At Butler

Molly Sullivan

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Former student-athlete Molly (Stearns) Sullivan is returning to Butler University.  Sullivan, who has served on the athletic staff at Loyola University Chicago for two years, has been named Associate Athletic Director for Administration at Butler.  She’ll begin her duties on July 1.

“After a thorough review of an excellent applicant pool, we are thrilled to welcome Molly Sullivan to our athletics staff and back to Butler University,” stated Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier.  “Molly has gained considerable experience at Loyola, UIC, Fordham and in the Horizon League office and brings an excellent skill set.  As a former Butler student-athlete, Molly has a unique perspective and is the perfect fit for this position.   The Butler Way has gained another great teammate today and our future is extremely bright.”

Sullivan, a track and cross country runner for the Bulldogs (1998-2000), brings nearly ten years of athletic administration experience to the Butler position.  She’s handled compliance duties at three different NCAA Division I institutions and has additional experience in student-development, academic advising, operations and marketing.  Sullivan will fill the Butler position formerly held by Beth Goetz, who accepted a position at the University of Minnesota in March.

“I’m really excited to return to my alma mater,” said the 2002 Butler graduate.  “With all the changes and improvements at Butler, the future is bright and this is a great opportunity.  I feel fortunate to get the opportunity, and I’m proud to be on the staff at Butler.  I’m excited to get started.”

Sullivan served as assistant athletics director for compliance and student-development at Loyola.  She had responsibility for all aspects of the school’s NCAA compliance program, including rules education and eligibility.  She further served as Loyola’s Title IX Deputy Coordinator and as advisor to the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  Sullivan was chair of the Horizon League Compliance Coordinators Group, and she served as the league’s SAAC Administrative Liaison.

Prior to accepting the position at Loyola, Sullivan held athletic administration positions at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and Fordham University.  She began her career in academic services at UIC in October of 2003 and spent four years with the Flames, before taking a position as compliance coordinator at Fordham University in August of 2007.  She returned to UIC as Director of Compliance in July of 2008.

Sullivan prepared for her career in athletics administration as a communications and marketing intern at the Horizon League in 2001-02.  She then served as a basketball operations and administrative intern with the league in 2002-03.  She earned a degree in marketing from Butler, and she received a Masters in Education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005.

The new Butler administrator and her husband, Shawn, are parents of two sons, Liam and Quinn.