University of Maryland
As director of athletics at the University of Maryland the past six years, Kevin Anderson’s influence in competitive excellence has guided Maryland to four national championships, five national championship final appearances and 11 trips to the Final Four. Under his guidance, Maryland joined the Big Ten Conference in 2014. Maryland has not only experienced significant success on the athletic field, but they have established all-time benchmarks academically under Anderson’s guidance. During his tenure the athletics department pioneered “The Maryland Way Guarantee,” becoming one of the first NCAA Division I institutions to offer a lifetime degree guarantee for student athletes in all sports. Anderson graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Krystal Beamon is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She joined UTA in the fall of 2008 after a three-year tenure-track position at the University of Oklahoma. She has received several awards and honors including the 2014 Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, the Dean’s Accolade Award for outstanding student mentorship and the Faculty Service-Learning Award. Beamon earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Her primary areas of scholarship are race and ethnicity, sociology of sport, and inequality.
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Colorado State University
Dr. Albert Bimper is senior associate athletic director in the Department of Athletics and as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at Colorado State University. His pedagogical and research interests focus on the intersections of race, sport culture and education. He is a former student athlete and played football professionally for the Indianapolis Colts. He earned a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Sports Psychology from Purdue and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction.
David Williams II
Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director
David Williams guides the Vanderbilt athletics, recreation, intramural and club sports programs, positioning the athletics program as one of the most innovative in the nation. Under his guidance, a program was started to allow more overseas travel and study for student athletes and the cumulative grade point for Vanderbilt student-athletes has continued to improve, reaching its highest level in more than two decades. Competitive success, such as all four revenue sports (men’s and women’s basketball, football and baseball) participating in post-season play, is becoming an expectation on campus and beyond. Williams serves on a number of NCAA panels. He is also a full-tenured law professor. A Detroit native, Williams graduated from Northern Michigan University. He earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from University of Detroit and an L.L.M. in taxation from New York University.
Patsy Armstrong is the football office coordinator for San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Department of Athletics. Armstrong previously worked in the Student Life & Leadership Office in the Division of Student Affairs and has served in a variety of roles at SDSU since 2005. Armstrong holds an MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from SDSU and a BA in Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ashley R. Baker
Ashley R. Baker is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Management and Policy program at the University of Georgia. She earned her B.A and M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University. Previously she served as the director of Student-Athlete Services at Bowling Green. Her current research agenda explores the experiences of Black families within the context of youth sport and intercollegiate athletics.
Robert Bennett III, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert A. Bennett III is special assistant to the associate provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and program specialist in the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at The Ohio State University. Bennett graduated with honors in 2004 from Morehouse College, where he was a member of the football team. He earned his M.A. degree and Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. During his time at OSU, he has worked with the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and Student Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO).
Justin Blalock is a former University of Texas at Austin football guard who was a two-time All-American, team captain, and member of the 2005 national championship team. He graduated from Texas with a degree in youth and community studies in 2006 and went on to play 8 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. Justin currently serves as a fellow with the African American Male Research Initiative within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Teas at Austin.
Orlando Bowen is a speaker, trainer and the passionate founder and Executive Director at One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization. For the past nine years, Orlando has used story-telling, fitness activities and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership and teamwork to over 300,000 people. Bowen played professional football in the Canadian Football League for 4 years. He holds a B.Sc. in business marketing and an M.Sc. in management information technology from Northern Illinois University.
Jason Brooks is an academic specialist for athletics and volunteer assistant track and field coach at Arkansas State University (ASU). A former track and field student-athlete and one of the top sprinters in Arkansas State University history, Brooks holds a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies and an M.S. in sport administration from ASU.
Ricky Brown is an Assistant Athletics Director for Leadership Giving with the Longhorn Foundation – the official fundraising arm of Texas Athletics. He oversees fundraising activities for capital projects and endowments. Brown is a football letterwinner from Arlington, Texas who earned his undergraduate communications degree from UT. . He later received his MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Before becoming a university professor at the University of Houston, Dr. Drew Brown has been a professional football player, university football coach, and student-athlete academic adviser. His current academic foci are Race & Sports and Black masculinity. He is currently working on his first book called “Drafting into Manhood: Black NFL Prospects’ Desire to Reach Manhood Through the NFL Draft.” He is the founder and chair of the annual Passing the Ball: Race and Sports conference.
J. Kenyatta Cavil
Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil is an assistant professor in the Texas Southern University College of Education, Department of Health and Kinesiology. He is the coordinator of the Sport Management program. Cavil is one of the preeminent scholars on HBCU sports culture theory, sport business and leadership. He is a regular sports analyst on several radio programs across the country with his “HBCU Sports Report.”
Dr. LaVar J. Charleston
Dr. LaVar J. Charleston is assistant director and senior research associate at Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He also teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. His research focuses on the educational and career trajectories of underrepresented populations into highly technological domains, advanced degree completion among underutilized groups, and efforts to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in STEM majors and the scientific workforce.
Erika Christian is currently at junior at Arkansas State University majoring in Criminology. Erika is a member of the A-State Track & Field team specializing in sprints. She also juggles being a freelance photographer in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Massachusetts. After college Erika plans on attending FBI Training School and pursuing a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the U.S. Marshals.
Dr. Joseph Cooper is an assistant professor in the Sport Management program within the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut (UConn). His research interests focus on the intersection between sport, race, education, and culture. Cooper earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of Georgia.
Virginia Cumberbatch is a graduate assistant in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin. She manages the As We Saw It project, which documents the history of integration at UT Austin. Cumberbatch is pursuing her master’s degree at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in history and sociology. She currently serves as a board member for the Austin African American Cultural Heritage District. She graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in history and sociology, where she played soccer and helped the women’s track and field team win two NESCAC championships as a 100 and 200 meter sprinter.
Dr. Tomika Ferguson received her Ph.D. (2015) and master’s degrees (2010) in Higher Education from Indiana University – Bloomington. She was a track and field athlete at the University of Virginia (UVa) where she was a two-time All-American and team captain. Her athletic experiences include serving as a Volunteer Assistant Track Coach at UVa and Indiana University while she competed with the HPC Elite Track Club. Her professional experiences include positions in continuing education, enrollment management, residence life, and college access.
Dr. Cherese F. Fine is an academic program coordinator in the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University. Her research agenda focuses on the organizational dynamics between intercollegiate athletics and higher education, as well as the academic and social experiences of underrepresented students on college campuses. She has worked in higher education in numerous areas that include academic affairs, student affairs, diversity, and athletics.
Dr. Rhema Fuller is an Assistant Professor of Sport and Leisure Management in the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis. Dr. Fuller earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include the intersection of diversity (e.g., race and ethnicity), sport-based civic initiatives, higher education, and intercollegiate athletics.
Richan Gaskins is the defensive coordinator for the Allegheny College football program. Gaskins previously served as an assistant recruiting coordinator and secondary coach at Gallaudet University. A native of Washington, D.C., Gaskins played football collegiately for two seasons at Duquesne University, where he graduated with a degree in communications. He then went on to receive a Masters of Science in strategic leadership from the University of Charleston.
Dr. Derrick Gragg is vice president and athletics director at the University of Tulsa. Previously he was athletics director at Eastern Michigan University for seven years and served as an athletics administrator at University of Arkansas for six years. A former collegiate wide receiver, Gragg lettered four years at Vanderbilt while earning his degree. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human development and a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State University. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas. Gragg is the author of the recently published book titled, “40 Days of Direction: Life Lessons from the Talented Ten”
David L. Graham
Dr. David L. Graham is assistant provost and associate athletics director for student-athlete success at The Ohio State University (OSU). He previously served as director of the Student-Athlete Support Services Office at Miami University where he received the NCAA Division 1A CHAMPS Program of Distinction Award. Graham earned B.S. degrees in mathematics and electronics engineering technology from Savannah State University, where he was a student athlete. He holds a M.S. in sport administration/education from Georgia Southern University, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from OSU.
Scottie Graham is the Senior Associate Athletics Director at Arizona State University (ASU) where he oversees operations and program development for nine sports and provides support in all areas of student athlete development and welfare. Prior to ASU he served as the Director of Player Engagement since 2010 and as a Regional Director from 1998-2010 for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Scottie played seven seasons in the NFL with three teams, including the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals and was the 1993 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
Kevin Granger is the assistant athletic director and athletics operations manager at Texas Southern University. His primary responsibilities include processing athletic contracts, team travel, ticketing and managing TSU athletic facilities. Granger played basketball at Texas Southern from 1992-1996 and also served as an assistant coach with the program prior to his current role. Granger holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Texas Southern.
Adrien Harraway is associate athletics director for academic affairs at the University of Virginia. Before coming to UVA, he was an intern for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Harraway earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Northern Iowa, where he played football and lettered. He earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Arizona State while working as a graduate assistant in academic support with the football program.
Fran Harris lettered in women’s basketball 1982-86 and was a member of Texas’ undefeated NCAA championship team of 1985-86. She graduated with a B.A. (1987) and M.A. (1991) in Journalism (1987) from UT’s College of Communications and currently is community relations director for the Texas women’s basketball program. Fran also serves as a TV analyst and play-by-play announcer for the Longhorn Network and is the author of 20 books.
Louis Harrison Jr.
Dr. Louis Harrison Jr. is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. A native of New Orleans, Harrison is a leading expert on racial identity and the African American athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D. from LSU. He has published widely and is in demand as a speaker, lecturer, and researcher. He also serves as pastor of Greater Bethany Baptist Church in Elgin, Texas.
Dr. Siduri Haslerig is an Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education in the emphasis area of Intercollegiate Athletics Administration at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Haslerig earned her doctorate in the Higher Education and Organizational Change program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research agenda nests the study of intercollegiate athletics and college athletes within higher education.
Kirsten Hextrum is a doctoral candidate in the social & cultural studies program at the University of California, Berkeley. She also currently serves as a tutorial assistant for the UC Berkeley Athletic Study Center supporting student-athletes in developing as independent, self-reliant and successful young adults. Prior to her doctoral work, Hextrum competed as a varsity rower while earning her B.A. in History and earned her M.A. in Education at UC Berkeley.
Katon Hill is a redshirt freshman running back on the Arkansas State Red Wolves football team. Hill is a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Deans list member, and Sun Belt Confernce Commissioner’s List while majoring in sports management and minoring in business.
Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor in Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jackson also serves as the coordinator for the Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education Program and as a faculty affiliate for Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education. In addition, he founded and serves as director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei Lab). Jackson’s central research interest has been to explore workforce diversity and workplace discrimination in higher education. More recently, he has focused on interventions designed to broaden participation for underrepresented groups in the scientific workforce. He is credited with over 100 publications, 175 presentations, and has published the following books: Introduction to American Higher Education for Routledge (2010), Ethnic and Racial Administrative Diversity: Understanding Work Life Realities and Experiences in Higher Education for Jossey Bass (2009); Strengthening the African American Educational Pipeline: Informing Research, Policy, and Practice for SUNY-Albany Press (2007); and Toward Administrative Reawakening: Creating and Maintaining Safe College Campuses for Stylus Publishing (2007).
Marcus Johnson is a fourth year doctoral student in the Cultural Studies in Education program at The University of Texas at Austin from Houston, TX. Johnson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Christian University (TCU). He is also an author, public speaker, and aspiring documentary filmmaker.
Dr. Darren Kelly is chief of staff in Academic Diversity Initiatives and Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin and assistant director of the African American Male Research Initiative. He also directs the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. Kelly earned a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. in kinesiology and Ph.D. in sports management from The University of Texas at Austin.
Terrence Kennell is a senior Arkansas State University student, studying sports management and exercise science. His professional goal is to become a strength and conditioning coach and one a sports training and performance facility.
Akilah Laster is a master’s student in the Adult & Higher Education, Intercollegiate Athletics Administration program at the University of Oklahoma. Laster also serves as a graduate assistant within the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Laster earned a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and Creative Writing from the University of Miami.
Roosevelt Leaks played at The University of Texas from 1972-1974 and made All-SWC running back in 1972 and 1973. His junior season he was a consensus All-America selection and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Leaks rushed for 2,923 yards during his career at Texas including a record 342 against SMU in 1973. He played in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts from 1975-1979 and the Buffalo Bills from 1980-1983. He was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006.
Alvin Logan is a third year doctoral student in the Cultural Studies in Education program at The University of Texas at Austin from Denver, CO. Alvin earned his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Washington where he also was a member of the Husky football team.
Leelannee K. Malin, PhD, is owner of Malin PR, a communications and public relations consulting practice based in Prince George’s County Maryland. Dr. Malin, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, Bowie State University and Howard University hones more than 15 years of experience in the education, communication and public relations industries.
Dr. Malin, an Adjunct Faculty Member in the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University, trains and lectures in the areas of public speaking, public relations, persuasion and youth college and career readiness.
Felicia Martin is associate athletic director for academic services at Texas Tech University. In this position, she is responsible for the administration of the academic and student services programs for approximately 400+ student-athletes. Martin originally joined the Texas Tech athletic staff as a counseling specialist for the tutorial and mentor program. She served as the coordinator of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program. She received a B.S. in educational psychology and an M.A. degree in counselor education from Mississippi State University.
Charles F. McClelland
Dr. Charles McClelland is the vice president for intercollegiate athletics at Texas Southern University. As Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, McClelland supervises a total of 16 sports – nine women’s and seven men’s. His daily duties include managing budgets, team scheduling, fundraising, marketing and keeping abreast of current National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and regulations. In his years at the helm of the department, McClelland has secured over $3.5 million dollars in corporate sponsorships and alumni contributions to help support the TSU’s athletics programs.
Kirsten McCowan is master’s student in the Adult & Higher Education, Intercollegiate Athletics Administration program at the University of Oklahoma. McCowan also serves as a graduate assistant within the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department. A native of Duncanville, TX, McCowan earned a B.S. in Engineering Technology while playing volleyball and running track at West Texas A&M University.
Rob McDermand is the assistant athletics director for academic services at Stephen F. Austin University. McDermand oversees academics for all 17 varsity sports and works directly with the Lumberjack football program. A native of Toronto, McDermand received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from the University of Waterloo in 2004 and 2006 and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Ohio State in 2009. He is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance and Economics at Stephen F. Austin.
LJ McGown, a Texas State graduate (BS, Exercise Sport Science), was a 3-year letterman, two year starter all-conference selection senior year, and team captain. He is currently a 24 Hour Fitness District Manager.
Miriam Merrill is a doctoral student in the Kinesiology department at Temple University. Merrill previously served as the director of athletics at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago, IL. She was formerly a student advisor and head women’s track and field coach at Robert Morris University.
Kenneth O. Miles
Kenneth O. Miles is assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs and executive director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at Louisiana State University. He was previously associate athletics director for student-athlete support service at Syracuse University. He earned a B.A. in studio art and a M.Ed. in social foundations of education from the University of Virginia. He earned a M.S. in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University, where he is pursuing a doctorate.
Leonard N. Moore
Dr. Leonard Moore is currently the senior associate vice-president for academic diversity initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin and a full professor in the Department of History. The Cleveland, Ohio, native earned his undergraduate degree from Jackson State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1998. He teaches History of the Black Power Movement and Race in the Age of Obama, and he directs study abroad programs in Beijing and Cape Town.
Thais Moore is the co-director of the Fearless Leadership Institute and program coordinator for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Moore has a passion for theater and has written and directed multiple plays for youth and adults. Moore has a B.A. in African American studies and English from UCLA.
Ronald Moses is an academic coordinator at the University of South Florida. Moses previously worked as a football academic counselor at Kansas State University. Moses holds a B.S.Ed. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University and is completing is doctorate in Counseling and Student Development with Specialization in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Kansas State University.
Dr. Jamil Northcutt serves as a consultant for the Cleveland Browns. Previously (2014-2015), he was the director of player engagement. Northcutt came to the Browns after serving six years (2008-14) as assistant athletics director for internal operations at the University of Mississippi. Northcutt owns three degrees from Ole Miss and played football for the Rebels. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science in May 2003 and his master’s in higher education and administration in December 2004. He then earned his doctorate in higher education (administration) in August of 2013.
Dr. Joyce Olushola is an assistant professor of sport management at Arkansas State University. Currently she also serves on the diversity committee, Department of Health, PE, and Sport Sciences, and is the directress of SISTUHS Incorporated. Olushola’s research interests on Black feminist thought examines how this is an underutilized tool for developing policy and best practices for female student-athletes of color.
Steve Prince is an assistant professor of art and artist in residence at Allegheny College where he teaches Printmaking and Drawing. Prince also oversees the Brother to Brother program at Allegheny. Prince holds a B.F.A. from Xavier University of Louisiana and an M.F.A. from Michigan State University.
Valyncia Raphael joined the academic services staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of 2009. She assists with CHAMPS/Life skills & Diversity and Inclusion Programming and is an advisor/mentor for freshman student-athletes. Raphael graduated from UW-Madison in May 2009 and earned her B.A. in English and political science and a certificate in criminal justice. She also competed four years on the UW women’s softball team.
Cynthea Rhodes-Patterson was a student-athlete at Texas where she lettered in track & field from 1988-91 and was on 4 NCAA championship teams. She received a B.A. in English from the College of Liberal Arts (1994) and works as an executive in IT & Human Resources for Home Depot. She is a UT women’s athletics council member.
Daron Roberts is the founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin. The center will leverage UT Austin’s expertise in academics and success in athletics to change the culture at a time when national headlines remain focused on high-profile athletes’ behavior and responsibilities. It will also build on the university’s long-held philosophy of “winning with integrity.” Roberts also is a lecturer in the university’s Plan II Honors Program. He previously spent seven years as an NFL and college coach and holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Dr. Mark Robinson is the founder of Personal Player Development, LLC which created the “Personal Player Development Magazine”, the industry’s only online magazine, dedicated to the personal development of athletes and helping professionals. He is the author of Athletic: Identity, Invincible and Invisible, the Personal Development of the Athlete and is also the director of the Institute for Personal Player Development. Dr. Mark has worked as a tenured faculty member, Associate Dean, Dean of Student Affairs and Vice Chancellor of Student Development in higher education.
Dr. Tiese Roxbury received herPh.D. in educational research, assessment, and evaluation from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She also works as an Educational Research Scientist for the NCAA where she is involved in an array of research projects related to student-athlete well-being, the student-athlete experience, institutional performance, academics, and survey development.
Dr. Brian Saltsman is the associate director of the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Student Success at Allegheny College. In his role he oversees Allegheny College’s Brother to Brother program for male faculty and students of color. Saltsman also served as a faculty athletic representative for Allegheny College’s athletic department. He earned his Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Penn State University..
Marcel Smith is in his first year as Director of Basketball Operations for Houston Baptist University’s (HBU) men’s basketball program. He was a four-year letterwinner at guard for HBU from 2012-2015. Smith started L.I.T.E. – Lifting Individuals Through Energy, a nonprofit organization looking to help and inspire those less fortunate who have an interest in basketball, in 2014. Smith recently published his first book The Balance: Student Athlete Handbook for Successfully Managing Life with Academics & Sports..
Kierstyn Stevens is a master’s student in the Adult and Higher Education program with an emphasis Intercollegiate Athletics Administration at the University of Oklahoma. Stevens also serves as a graduate assistant with the Oklahoma University Athletics Department.
Samone Thompson is a senior sprinter on the Arkansas State Red Wolves track and field team. A recent transfer from Illinois, Thompson lettered her sophomore year in the Distance Medley Relay and finished 9th at 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the Heptathlon.
Andre Walker is a senior sprinter on the Arkansas State Red Wolves track and field team from Florissant, MO. Walker has a passion for helping young people and has aspirations of being a coach or athletic director.
Devin Walker is a 1st year doctoral student in the cultural studies in education program at The University of Texas at Austin. Walker earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation he worked as a college advisor with the Posse Foundation. He has extensive experience working and living abroad.
Brittany Washington is a postgraduate intern with the NCAA’s Office of Inclusion. A recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Washington received an M.Ed. in adult learning and higher education with emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration. Washington previously interned with the University of Oklahoma’s Athletic department and is currently applying for admission to doctoral programs in educational psychology.
Marcus Webster is a recent 2015 graduate of Allegheny College where he was a member of the university’s football team. Webster was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and served as president of the Interfraternity Council (IFC).
Dr. Marc Williams is the Founder & CEO of Williams Communications, LLC – a brand management consulting firm that consults with athletes, coaches, events and corporations. Marc is the former Brand Director for athletic retailer Champs Sports, a division of Foot Locker with over 9,000 employees. Williams holds a B.S. in Sociology from William Paterson University and a Masters in Sport Management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Williams earned his Doctorate in Education at West Virginia University.
M. Quentin Williams
Quentin Williams is an attorney, author, prolific international speaker, former FBI Agent, former federal prosecutor and has held positions as an executive with the NFL and NBA. He currently serves as a business adviser/strategist and legal expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience in wide-ranging areas of business. With more than 25 years of established business expertise and over 20 years of legal experience, he is a trusted confidant and well-respected educator with a lengthy record of successful deal-making and community advocacy.
George C. Wright
Dr. George C. Wright, noted African-American scholar, is the seventh President of Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. Prior to joining the Prairie View A&M University family, Dr. Wright was Executive Vice-President for academic affairs and provost at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to assuming that post, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs with increasing responsibilities from 1995 to 1998. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Duke University as vice provost for university programs and director of the Afro-American studies program at Duke University. At Duke, he also held the William R. Kenan, Jr., Chair in American History. From 1980 to 1993, he served as an assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and was the holder of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship of Southern History, and vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Wright received his bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in history from the University of Kentucky and his doctorate in history from Duke University. In 2004 Dr. Wright was awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from the University of Kentucky.
Narleski Wyrick is the academic advisor for the Texas Southern men’s basketball program. His responsibilities include directing and monitoring the academic progress of the men’s basketball student-athletes. Wyrick previously served as an assistant coach for the Texas Southern women’s basketball program in 2008. Before coming to Texas Southern, Wyrick was the head coach at Southwestern Christian College from 1999 – 2007. He compiled more wins in his first two seasons than his predecessors had in ten years.