CHICAGO – Longtime DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto is retiring.
Ponsetto, who played four sports at DePaul, has served as athletic director for the past 18 years and worked in other administrative positions with the athletic department for more than 20 years.
“The changing times over these past few months has led me to this decision,” Ponsetto said Friday. “Having successfully battled two breast cancer diagnoses and currently in treatment for a third, I thought it was time to step away from the long days, working every weekend and the 24/7 demands that being an athletic director requires.”
The school said Ponsetto has agreed to assist the university in the transition to new leadership in the athletic department. She is among only a few female athletic directors at Division I programs.
DePaul is accused in a lawsuit of ignoring allegations that its former softball coach — Ponsetto's brother, Eugene Lenti — punched an assistant in the face and verbally abused his players and retaliated against the whisteblower by terminating her contract with the school.
The private school in Chicago also is accused of violating Title IX rules for failing to report complaints made against Lenti, who is now an assistant at Auburn.
The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit court by sports psychologist Jenny Conviser, who said her contract to counsel DePaul athletes was terminated two years ago after she raised concerns to athletic department officials regarding Lenti’s behavior.