Jennifer Berquist joined the Kansas Athletics staff in February 2002 as assistant director of the Williams Educational Fund after serving as the compliance auditor assigned to Kansas Athletics for four years. She was later named associate director of the Williams Fund and then associate athletics director/Williams Fund in May 2010.
Berquist’s daily responsibilities include leading the annual fund team, soliciting new donors, managing accounts, overseeing gift processing and representing the athletics department at various functions and within the community.
A native of Marion, Kan., Berquist earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from KU in 1994 and a master’s in education with a sports administration emphasis in 1996.
As a student, she worked four years in the KU sports information office, one year as the Big Eight Conference service bureau intern and then full-time at Kansas Athletics as publications coordinator in 1995-96. Berquist had a brief stint as assistant sports information director at Kansas State in 1996-98 before returning to her alma mater.
A 2001 Leadership Lawrence graduate, Berquist is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports and NAADD (National Association of Athletic Development Directors), while also serving as one of the Big 12 Conference representatives for NAADD. She is currently Lawrence Rotary Club president and is a Lawrence Schools Foundation board member. Berquist is also a member of Chapter JC (Lawrence) within the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
Berquist and her husband, Craig, have two children, Landon (Kansas Wesleyan University freshman) and Claire (Free State High School freshman), and they reside in Lawrence.