Van Horn came to South Carolina after a nine-year tenure at the University of Michigan. As Associate Director of Athletics/SWA, Van Horn oversaw the University's athletics compliance program. She had a primary role addressing a major infractions case involving the football program as well as the high profile "Fab Five" men's basketball case. She also served on the steering committee for the President's Ethics in Public Life Initiative. Van Horn worked on various Big Ten committees including Legislative Review, Drug Testing Review, and Compliance and Reinstatement.
Prior to her tenure at Michigan, Van Horn spent four years in the Department of Athletics at Michigan State University where she rose to Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance with oversight for NCAA compliance efforts and taught a course, "Ethics in Sport." Van Horn began her athletics administration career at her alma mater, Central Michigan University, working there 8 years.
Van Horn served a two-year term as President of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) during which she led a major restructuring of the organization. NAAC honored her with the 2010 Frank Kara Leadership Award, the premier award bestowed to a member of the compliance profession, and in 2005 the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Van Horn holds a master's degree in sport administration and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. She and her husband, Dave, have three adult children and six grandchildren.