Oct 8

Ignatian Scholars Speaker Series Welcomes Joyce Thompson-Mills

The second speaker of the 2018-2019 Ignatian Scholars Speaker Series will be 1991 Brebeuf Jesuit graduate, Joyce Thompson-Mills. Joyce will be speaking to the Ignatian Scholars in the Efroymson Auditorium on Friday, October 19, 2018 during zero hour from 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Joyce Thompson-Mills’ Bio

Joyce Thompson-Mills is an associate director in the enforcement department at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  For more than 16 years, Joyce has served in the enforcement department, and is one of the most senior investigators on the enforcement staff.  Joyce is responsible for: 1) the development of investigative strategies involving violations of NCAA legislation at member institutions; 2) evidence gathering and analysis; and 3) presenting evidence of rules infractions before the respective NCAA Committees on Infractions.

Joyce serves as the primary contact with university presidents, conference commissioners, general and outside legal counsels for member institutions, directors of athletics, coaches, current and prospective student-athletes and their parents.  Joyce has processed numerous infractions cases throughout her tenure with the department. One of Joyce’s most notable cases included a case that involved Baltimore Ravens standout Michael Oher. This case led to Joyce being featured in the book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, by Michael Lewis and Joyce’s character being depicted in the movie, “The Blind Side,” which was directed by John Lee Hancock.

Joyce’s work has also been featured in a book titled The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football, by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, and she had been interviewed by USA Today. Joyce also spends time educating key college sport stakeholders on NCAA legislation and the impact the NCAA bylaws have on infraction matters. Joyce also sits on the Appeals Panel for USA Basketball and ensures that all licensed coaches maintain good standing throughout the duration of the license season.

Joyce is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and currently resides in Avon, Indiana. Joyce received her bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and African-American Studies, and she obtained a minor in English from Indiana University in 1995.  Joyce received her juris doctorate degree from Valparaiso School of Law in 1999. Before joining the NCAA, Joyce worked at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office and the Indiana Department of Health.

In her spare time, Joyce enjoys spending time with her family, and has taken on the challenge of “paying it forward” by trying to mentor other Valparaiso law school students about seeking alternative legal careers.  When she is not doing all the above, Joyce enjoys international traveling, consignment shopping, fishing, cooking and reading.