Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association hosts next-generation ADs

Updated: July 22, 2016
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The Division 1A Athletic Director’s Association represents 129 athletic directors from the most prominent institutions of higher learning in the United States. A couple weeks ago, they announced the 10 recipients of the minority scholarship award from the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation for the 2016 Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Institute.

Furthermore, a three-day educational forum is held annually, where experienced athletic directors teach and share information and know-how with the institute’s participants. The main goal in mind of the institute is to help the participants prepare to move into the role of athletic director.

This year’s institute was held July 18-20, at the James L. Allen Center on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Here is the official statement from the McLendon Foundation:

“The McLendon Foundation is proud to support these aspiring athletic directors,” Lee Reed said, McLendon Foundation President and Director of Athletics at Georgetown University. “Just as the foundation supports and invests in young people with our postgraduate scholarships. We are committed to assisting with the development of our minority colleagues to ensure a healthy pipeline of promising administrators for the future.”

The winners of the scholarships were indeed nominated by their respected school/university in order to be considered.

*Bryan Blair, Esq., Senior Associate AD for Compliance at Rice.

*Alex Gray, Senior Associate AD at the University of Maryland, who played professional baseball for the Seattle Mariners.

*Charmelle Green, Senior AD for Performance at Penn State, who graduated from the University of Utah, where she was an All-American softball player.

*Tracy Ham, Associate AD for Internal Operations at Georgia Southern University, who quarterbacked its football team to Division 1AA national titles in 1995 and 1996.

*Reagan Hill, Associate AD at Old Dominion University, with a BA and Masters at KSU.

*Monique Holland, Associate AD for Student Athletes at SMU, an academic All-American basketball player at Alabama State.

*Monica LeBron, Associate AD at UGA, from Yale where she was three-time All-Ivy as captain of the softball team.

*Dr. Donald Reed, Senior AD for Performance at the University of Buffalo, with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Management and Development from New Mexico State.

*Jay Vickers, Senior Associate AD at Northern Illinois, who played football for Notre Dame.

*Calvin Williams, Associate AD at Purdue, where he was a four-year starter before playing in the NFL.

With all that’s going on in our nation — the negative stories regarding race issues, etc. — it’s important to spread these types of positive stories around the world. President and Chief Executive Officer of D-1A, Tom McMillen, released a statement to Sideline Sports Report on behalf of the Division 1A Athletic Association on working with the McLendon Foundation:

“We are honored to be supported by and to be working with the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation in providing the opportunity to further the career paths of minority senior administrators in our membership. It will indeed be an honor to work with each of the talented winners at the 2016 Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Institute and in the future.”

Keep in mind, the McLendon Foundation is a non-profit organization. If you have any questions for them, be sure to check out the website at www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.



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