Tessi Taylor was announced as Bradley University's first Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance on March 23, 2010 and is entering her second full academic year on The Hilltop in 2011-12.
Taylor came to Bradley from Interstate 74 rival Illinois State, where she served as Assistant Compliance Coordinator since July 2006. In her role with the Redbirds, Taylor facilitated admission and NCAA Eligibility Center status for prospective student-athletes; monitored all recruiting activities, student-athlete employment, playing and practice seasons and camps; assisted with NCAA rules interpretations, rules education and waiver processing; and served as the primary athletic department liaison to the Financial Aid office when certifying outside and institutional awards.
Prior to her position at Illinois State, Taylor was the administrative assistant for the Compliance Coordinator and Business Manager at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu from January 2005. Among her responsibilities at Hawaii Pacific, Taylor monitored all NCAA compliance forms, recruiting activities and playing and practice seasons.
Taylor earned her bachelor's degree in business management with a concentration in human resource management from Millikin University in 2001. She went on to earn her master's degree in kinesiology and recreation with an emphasis in sport management from Illinois State in 2004.
While pursuing her master's degree, Taylor worked as a graduate assistant for the Redbirds softball program, assisting the coaching staff with daily operations, during the 2003-04 season. She also worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation at Illinois State during the 2003 Spring and Fall semesters.