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"I am elated that Betsi is joining the Loyola Athletics Department," Loyola Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. M. Grace Calhoun said. "Betsi is a key hire for Loyola as the University works to return its teams to national prominence. She is one of the most recognized and respected professionals in her field, and someone whose expertise I valued and often solicited during our overlap in the Big Ten Conference. I want to welcome Betsi and her husband, Darian, and five children, to the Loyola family."
For the last two years, Burns has served as the assistant dean of students at Northwestern, where she advised for over 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and was the dean of students liaison to the athletics department.
During her tenure as assistant dean of students, Burns created the Office of Off-Campus Student Life, and developed the voluntary medical leave of absence protocol, among other notable initiatives.
Prior to that post, Burns spent 12 years as the assistant athletics director for academic services and student development at Northwestern, where she was responsible for advising, counseling, academic monitoring, and retention of Wildcat student-athletes competing in 19 sports. Northwestern compiled the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the Big Ten Conference and posted a 98 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR).
Outside of those responsibilities, Burns also coordinated Northwestern Athletics' community outreach initiative and advised the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), among many other duties.
In addition to her duties within the athletics department at Northwestern, Burns also has been an instructor for numerous programs within the University.
A graduate of Purdue University, Burns also earned her master's degree from Northwestern.
She resides in Evanston with her husband Darian, and children Ainsley, Zoe, Nate, Cully, and Harrison.