"We are delighted that Keli is coming home to West Virginia University," Luck said in a prepared statement. "She is highly regarded in the world of intercollegiate athletics, and will be a great asset for our department. Her expertise in governance and compliance will serve us well."
A native of Petersburg, W.Va., Cunningham comes to West Virginia from Maryland, where she joined the compliance staff in June 2004 as compliance coordinator and was named assistant athletic director for compliance in November 2005.
While at Maryland, Cunningham worked in the day-to-day operations to ensure compliance for the athletic department and more than 700 student-athletes in 27 varsity sports programs. Serving as the primary contact for financial aid, she awarded athletic financial aid to all prospective and current Terrapin student-athletes. She also administered the national letter of intent process, monitored NCAA squad lists and provided rules education and interpretations to Terrapin coaches and student-athletes. Cunningham also compiled NCAA and ACC waivers and appeals in addition to assisting senior level management with the investigation and reporting of violations.
She has been a member of the education committee of the National Association for Athletics Compliance for the past year.
Previously, Cunningham served as a compliance assistant at the BIG EAST Conference, where she assisted in the review of institutional compliance audits and processing of all conference and NCAA waivers and violations. She conducted coaches' meetings and the bi-annual Big East student-athlete advisory committee.
A graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in sport management, Cunningham began her career in the WVU athletic compliance office as a graduate assistant.
"I am very excited to return to my alma mater and home state. WVU laid the foundation for my start in college athletics, and I am looking forward to this next step in my career," Cunningham said. "I have had great conversations with Oliver Luck, and we share the same vision and philosophy, which makes this move to WVU that much more attractive to me."
Assistant Athletic Director Patrick Hairston will be working full time with the General Counsel's office to assist in the preparation for WVU's upcoming response to the NCAA football allegations and the Committee on Infractions hearing in February.
"We think it is critical for Patrick to coordinate the University team that is preparing the response to the NCAA allegations", Luck explained. "His comprehensive knowledge of the NCAA and understanding of the upcoming process will benefit us as we move forward."