Reyes Takes Role as Senior Assoc. AD for Student Life at Pitt


Reyes Takes Role as Senior Assoc. AD for Student Life at Pitt

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PITTSBURGH – Liz Reyes is the new Senior Associate AD for Student Life in the Cathy & John Pelusi Life Skills Program at the University of Pittsburgh. This announcement came from Director of Athletics Heather Lyke. Reyes joins Pitt after her role as Associate AD, Illini Way Student-Athlete Development at the University of Illinois since August 2020.

Director of Athletics Heather Lyke expressed her excitement, stating, “We are thrilled to have Liz Reyes join our leadership team at the University of Pittsburgh. She brings a strong background and experience to lead our nationally acclaimed Life Skills department. She will work alongside a talented staff dedicated to enhancing the student-athlete experience and preparing them for successful careers upon graduation from Pitt.”

Reyes will manage the Cathy & John Pelusi Life Skills Program and contribute to Lyke’s Executive and Leadership Teams. She will also focus on Pitt’s DEI initiatives through Panthers United.

Reyes shared her enthusiasm, saying, “I’m eager to work with the dedicated team in the nationally recognized Cathy & John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program. Enhancing inclusion and belonging within our Panther community is a fantastic opportunity. Let’s elevate the college experience for our Pitt Panther student-athletes!”

During her time at Illinois, Reyes oversaw the Illini Way Student-Athlete Development program, providing holistic support for Fighting Illini student-athletes in their collegiate experiences. She was also part of the leadership team of DIA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Before joining Pitt, Reyes worked with the Cleveland Browns as the Manager of Community and Alumni Relations. She also served in the Office of Student-Athlete Success at the University of Arkansas, where her roles included Assistant Director – Employer Relations for the Student-Athlete Development program.

Reyes has held positions in academic support, including Assistant Director for Academics – Football at Arkansas and Academic Counselor for Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at Baylor University. She began her career in Student-Athlete Academic Services at the University of Washington.

Reyes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from Washington. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sport Management at the University of Arkansas. Additionally, Reyes serves on N4A’s Executive Team as Vice President 2 and has received scholarships and awards, including the NCAA Dr. Charles Whitcomb Leadership Institute in 2019, the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association Rudy Keeling Postgraduate Scholarship in 2018, and two scholarships from Women Leaders in Sports.

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