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Leanna Bordner
Leanna Bordner

Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA

Alma Mater:
Michigan State `77

Leanna 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 serves as the department liaison to the Missouri Valley Conference office, 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 the Preview Committee; Athletic Council Gender, Diversity and Student-Athlete Well Being Committee; Homecoming Steering Committee; Alcohol Task Force and NCAA Choices Grant Committee; Redbird Pride Committee and the Diversity Task Force. She is also a member of the LEAPForward Steering Team, which is the University technology initiative, as well as the Data Stewardship Council. In addition, Bordner has served on the Educating Illinois Committee, which developed the University's Strategic Plan. She also started and 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 the community, Bordner serves as the Chair of the Red Cross Board; is Vice-Chair of the Oakdale Promise Council; is a member of the McLean County Chamber Board, the Chamber Government Affairs Committee, and the Chamber PACE Committee; 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.

Prior to her work at Illinois State, Bordner spent eight seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Michigan State, part of a 16-year coaching career. Bordner received a bachelor's degree from Michigan State in 1977 and a master's degree from Indiana in 1979. While at MSU, she lettered in field hockey, basketball and softball.