Dr. Tovar has served as the Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services since August 2013. In addition to supervising the daily operations within Academic Services she manages the academic and personal support services for student-athletes across all 24 UI sports programs. She also serves on the UI Athletics senior management team, numerous campus committees, and oversees diversity educational efforts for student-athletes. Dr. Tovar earned three degrees from the University of Kansas, a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with an emphasis on higher education administration and a minor in counseling psychology. She began her career in 1998 at the University of Kansas where she spent 9 years in Student-Athlete Academic Services, spending the last 4 years as Associate Director for Academic and Career Counseling. She also gained valuable work experience at The Ohio State University in their Student-Athlete Academics Services Office and most recently at Northern Illinois University as Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Academic Support Services.
- Hometown – Lawrence, Kansas
- Favorite Hobby – Cooking
- Family – Husband: Steve, Dog: Lucky
- Favorite Vacation Spot – Costa Rica