Jason Leonard became the executive director of athletics compliance in December 2006. In his current role, Leonard is responsible for the oversight of all daily athletics compliance operations and rules education efforts and is lead investigator on all rules violations investigations and reporting. Leonard is currently a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators.
Leonard previously worked as associate general counsel in the University of Oklahoma's Legal Department. In that role, he was responsible for handling the litigation for the University of Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Tulsa Health Sciences Center, Rogers State University and Cameron University.
Leonard's ties with OU reach back to his undergraduate days. A native of Perry, Okla., Leonard graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of business administration in 1994 with a major in business marketing and a minor in business law.
Leonard was an Academic All-American as a member of the Sooner wrestling team. He also earned Academic All-Big Eight honors and was the top scholar athlete in 1993-1994 for the Sooner wrestling team. He earned NCAA All-America honors in 1994.
He earned his juris doctorate degree from OU in 1997. While in law school, he attended the 1995 summer law program at Oxford University - Queens College, Oxford, England.
Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma staff in 2006, Leonard was a partner with his wife, Jana, at Leonard & Associates law firm in Oklahoma City. Their law practice focuses on employment law.
He is admitted to practice in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Western District of Oklahoma, Northern District of Oklahoma, Eastern District of Oklahoma, and the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. Leonard currently teaches a NCAA infractions seminar at the University of Oklahoma Law School.
His wife also has strong ties to the OU. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Jason and his wife, Jana, have two sons, Janson and Jentry.