Paia LaPalombara serves as Director of Compliance at The Ohio State University. In her current role, Paia oversees the Department of Athletics investigatory function, ensuring prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations of potential NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and institutional rules violations. She is a member of the senior leadership team, responsible for governance and oversight of the Office of Athletic Compliance. Additionally, Paia serves as liaison to the institution’s Title IX and Clery Act Coordinator and the Office of Trademark & Licensing Services. Paia also provides compliance oversight for baseball and women’s volleyball.
Paia joined Ohio State in 2013 as an Assistant Director of Compliance, where she provided compliance oversight for 11 varsity sports. Prior to joining Ohio State, Paia worked in Enforcement at the NCAA’s national office in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Athens County, Ohio.
Paia is a member of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). Paia graduated from the NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement in June 2016. Paia also serves as a facilitator for the Ohio State Wolstein Leadership Academy and served as a facilitator for the 2016 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. Outside of athletics, Paia is actively involved with Girls on the Run of Franklin County and the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.
Paia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
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