University of Iowa Athletics
Associate AD, Student-Athlete Academic Services

Liz Tovar


Liz Tovar was named associate athletics director for academic student services at the University of Iowa in July, 2013.  Tovar joined the UI athletics staff after serving as associate athletics director, student-athlete academic support services, at Northern Illinois for two years. Tovar has earned three degrees from the University of Kansas, where she also held the position of associate director, academic and career counseling, student-athlete support services for four years (2005-09).  Tovar held the position of athletic academic counselor, student-athlete support services at Ohio State University, from 2009 to 2011. Tovar earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas in 2002.  She later added her master’s degree in clinical psychology and most recently earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies, with an emphasis on higher education administration and a minor in counseling psychology. Tovar began her career in academic services at the University of Kansas as a student hourly in 1998, and later served as a graduate assistant in that area.  She became a fulltime staff member at Kansas in 2005, where she conducted academic advisement for the KU football program. She worked with several sports programs while at Ohio State, including the OSU football program, working with student-athletes in academic, personal and professional development, while also providing supervision and mentorship of department graduate assistants and interns. At Northern Illinois, Tovar provided academic resource support for over 400 student-athletes who participated in 17 sports.  She served as supervisor for 25 full and part-time staff members and served as the athletic department liaison to the Office of Judicial Affairs and Student Conduct. Tovar’s teaching experiences include Skills for Undergraduate Success at Northern Illinois, Positive Transitions for Intercollegiate Student-Athletes at Ohio State and Career Decision-Making for College Students at Kansas. Liz is married to Steve Tovar.