Lori Ebihara currently serves as the Manager of Student Safety and Wellbeing and joined Oberlin College in 2019 as the Manager of Academic Operations in the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. Prior to Oberlin, Ebihara served as a consultant for the Honorable Tom McMillen and LEAD1 to help formulate the dialogue for 130 Division I athletics directors and advocacy for meaningful policy change for the 21st century student-athlete.
During her 27 years in intercollegiate athletics administration, Ebihara was directly involved in the NCAA legislative process and building alignment for an effective model where athletics and academics are appropriately balanced. Her leadership within three Power Conferences (Big Ten, ACC, Big 12) included the advancement of conference expansion, scheduling models, and regulatory integration. Ebihara spent six years at the University of Maryland as the Senior Associate Athletics Director and developed The Maryland Way five-year strategic plan that identified department mission, core values, staff engagement and alignment. Additional responsibilities included supervising multiple sport programs and serving as the liaison to the Offices of Sexual Misconduct and Civil Rights, Student Conduct, Student Affairs, General Counsel and Student Government Association.
Ebihara arrived at University of Maryland after a distinguished tenure with the Big 12 Conference. As the Assistant Commissioner for Governance and Compliance, Ebihara worked closely with athletics directors, faculty athletics representatives, head coaches, and administrative constituent groups to monitor NCAA rules compliance, advance conference and national policy, and pursue academic reform.
An Oberlin, Ohio native, Ebihara graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Journalism.