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Bordner Named to NCAA D1 Women's Basketball Issues Committee

Sept. 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Illinois State Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Women's Administrator Leanna Bordner was named to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Issues Committee. She is one of five new members to join the committee that is made up of athletic directors, administrators, conference office staff and a student-athlete.

The committee focuses on trends and issues in the sport, and discusses initiatives to enable the NCAA and member institutions to expand and enhance the sport from a broad Division I perspective.

The Missouri Valley Conference nominated Bordner to apply for the committee. Once she applied, the NCAA Division I Administration Cabinet reviewed the applications and made the decision to appoint Bordner to the Division I Women's Basketball Issues Committee.

"The opportunity to serve on the WBB Issues Committee is one that Leanna Bordner will certainly take very seriously, and it is a tribute to her career in college athletics," Valley commissioner Doug Elgin said. "Leanna was a three-sport student-athlete at Michigan State, and she has served as an assistant women's basketball coach at several collegiate levels. During her 21 years as an administrator, she's been a strong advocate for the sport. Her experience and passion for the sport make Leanna a perfect fit for this important committee."

Illinois State Director of Athletics Larry Lyons feels Bordner is an excellent selection for the committee.

"Leanna has a good feel for the current issues surrounding women's basketball," Lyons said. "There is no doubt that she will be active and provide good leadership on the committee."

Bordner has always wanted to serve on the issues committee and is appreciative of the opportunity.

"I am honored for this opportunity to serve on this committee and represent Illinois State and the Missouri Valley Conference," Bordner said. "In light of the results of the recent study commissioned by the NCAA to examine the state of women's basketball, this committee will serve an important role going forward in several aspects of the discussion of the recommendations, suggestions and decisions all made to benefit the growth of women's basketball."

Bordner is in her 21st year on the Illinois State staff. She became the event manager in 1993, and then became marketing director two years later. She was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director/Marketing in 1997 and Senior Women's Administrator in 2002. Under Bordner's direction, ISU's marketing division experienced significant growth, as did the department's sales revenues.

In her current position as Deputy Director of Athletics, Bordner directly supervises 10 sports and handles day-to-day operations for two others. In addition, she is the chair of the MVC Officiating Committee and a member of the MVC Championship Committee. Previously, she chaired the MVC Women's Basketball Marketing Committee and served on the MVC Executive Committee as the Vice-President. Bordner also now serves on the WBOC (Women's Basketball Officiating Consortium) Advisory Committee, as well as the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) Convention Advisory Group.

On campus, Bordner serves on several committees and started as well as directs Cinco de Redbirds, a fundraiser for women's athletics, and started the `Birds in the Burbs program, a pen pal initiative with ISU student-athletes and children from a Chicago suburban elementary school. Bordner also served as the NCAA Athletics Certification Liaison for the successful completion of the Cycle 3 certification in 2011.

In the community, Bordner serves as the Chair of the Red Cross Board, Vice-Chair of the Oakdale Promise Council, a member of the McLean County Chamber Board, the Chamber Government Affairs Committee and the Chamber PACE Committee. She is also on the BNACVB Sports Commission Board, is the chair of the Red Cross Evening of Stars Program Committee and belongs to the Bloomington Kiwanis. She also was the recipient of the 2010 Athena Award, presented by the McLean County Chamber Women's Division, and now serves on the Athena Event Committee.

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