Debra Boughton
Debra  Boughton

Chief of Staff/Senior Assoc. AD/Finance & Operations/SWA


Boughton Takes on Chief of Staff Role

Six-Year Veteran of the Huskie Senior Administrative Team

Debra Boughton, a certified public accountant and former student-athlete, joined the Huskie staff on Nov. 9, 2009. She was officially elevated to Chief of Staff by Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier in March 2016.

Boughton's responsibilities at Northern Illinois include directing all aspects of the business office operation, developing the department's annual budget and serving as the liaison between Huskie Athletics and the university's financial offices. As chief of staff, she took on many responsibilities of handling day-to-day operations of the NIU Athletics Department and also is responsible for strategic planning and the department's 2015-16 program prioritization efforts. As a member of the senior administrative staff, she is the sport administrator for four Huskie sports programs, and the department's information technology and human resources units report to Boughton.

Prior to coming to NIU, she served eight years directing the business office operations at Texas State University.In addition to supervising all budgetary and business operations at Texas State, Boughton initiated several cost-saving programs and contracts, served on the team for an $8.2 million baseball and softball stadium enhancement project, was the sport administrator for the TSU softball program and helped bring the athletic department reserve fund from a deficit situation to a $2 million dollar surplus. She began her tenure there as athletic business manager and was promoted to assistant athletic director in 2005.

Boughton, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Trinity University in Texas, where she was a varsity soccer player, also has a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University. She spent two years (1998-2000) as a staff auditor at accounting firm Arthur Andersen.

A native of Austin, Texas, Boughton received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1997.

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