Keith Adams has over 20 years’ experience as an educational leader and coach and is currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership at Grand Canyon University. In 2009, he founded the Coach Keith Adams: Student Athletes Valuing Education Project (CKA SAVE Project), a nonprofit organization designed to assist students and the people who work with them through educational and professional development.
A former NCAA All-American athlete, Sean Adams has covered sports for the last 13 years and is a contributor to insidetexas.com. He has been a contributor to ESPN.com and Yahoo.com. He holds an MBA and was named a research fellow at The University of Texas’ Program in Sports and Media in 2012.
Shaun M. Anderson is a W.E.B. DuBois Fellow and second-year doctoral student at West Virginia University. His research interests are in sport communication and mass media. Specifically, his research focuses on using sport as an agent for social change. Currently, he is conducting research on the role that a centralized mentoring program could play in the social support of college athletes.
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.
As assistant athletic director for academic support services, Craig Bennett works closely with Miami student-athletes and faculty to ensure that Miami Athletics is as successful in the classroom as it is on the field, court, rink, track or pool. He is also responsible for directing the day-to-day administrative operations for 525 student athletes, monitoring compliance, and coordinating the academic support and overall student athlete well-being for the Miami University Athletic Department
Robert Bennet 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).
Albert Bimper, Ph.D.
Dr. Albert Bimper received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in curriculum and instruction. Currently, he serves as 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.
Jean Boyd serves as senior associate athletic director for student athlete development at Arizona State University (ASU). In this capacity he leads Sun Devil Athletics’ commitment to graduating and preparing student-athletes to become high achievers in life. He also worked with the New England Patriots and the London Monarchs. He earned a B.A. in history and M.A. in higher and post-secondary education from ASU.
Dr. 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.
Langston Clark is an athletic mentor and assistant instructor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Clark is a former teacher and received his undergraduate degree at Carolina A&T University and his master’s degree at The Ohio State University.
Dominic D. Combs
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Dominic Combs worked as a secondary special educator within the Dayton Public School District prior to beginning his journey as a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His teaching experience with urban under-served schools and communities fuels his passion for urban education and working with students from diverse populations. His research interest involves using adult learning and historical cultural theory to examine culturally responsive differentiated instructional practices with students of color.
Jody Conradt is the retired women’s basketball coach for the University of Texas at Austin. Her coaching career spanned 38 years, with the last 31 years at UT from 1976 to 2007. She also served concurrently as the UT women’s athletic director from 1992 to 2001. In 38 seasons her head coaching record is 900-306. During her tenure at UT her record is 783-245.At retirement, she ranked second place in All-Time victories for a NCAA Division 1 college basketball coach.
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.
Dr. Robert Etheridge
Dr. Robert Etheridge holds an Ed.D. in organizational leadership, an M.A. in teaching and a B.S. in physical education. He is an AFPA-certified youth fitness and conditional trainer as well. Etheridge spends the majority of his time in the high school classroom teaching special education, math and biology. After his full time job as a high school teacher, Etheridge spends evenings working as the current Black male retention assistant at Howard Community College.
Luke Feldman, J.D.
After receiving his B.A. from Wake Forest University, Luke Feldman continued his education to complete a law degree from The Ohio State University. He now works with Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter. He has served as a financial advisor for professional athletes and currently counsels athletes and entertainers on the issues from intellectual property and estate planning to foundations and contract analysis.
Dr. Danielle Gabay
Dr. Danielle Gabay earned her Ph.D. in leadership, adult and higher education from the University of Toronto – Ontario, Canada. A former varsity student-athlete, her work involves sharing the underrepresented experiences of Black female student athletes in Canada. This dearth of information, she argues, is paradoxical considering the academic and athletic legacy of this subgroup, as well as the noted importance of the student experience and athletic participation within Canadian universities.
Currently a second year doctoral student, Aaron Goodson is enrolled in the West Virginia University Sport and Exercise Psychology program. In addition to a Ph.D. in kinesiology, he is currently working to complete a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology as well as a master’s degree in Community Counseling. His research interest promotes cultural competence in the field of sport and exercise psychology and the African-American student-athlete academic experience.
Dr. Derrick Gragg
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
Dr. Paul C. Harris
Dr. Paul Harris is an assistant professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He earned his Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Maryland-College Park. Harris’ research focuses on the intersection of education and sport, college and career readiness and success of K-16 students, particularly Black males, and school counselor preparation. A former high school counselor, Harris also founded and directs a local school-based program, Men Passionately Pursuing Purpose (MP3), which facilitates the empowerment of Black male high school student-athletes.
Dr. 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.
Highly self-motivated, James Hines has an unquenchable desire to succeed in a sport management environment. He is working on a master’s degree in sports administration at Arkansas State University where he works as a graduate assistant for the Sport Management Department. Hines plans on pursuing a Ph.D.
Dr. Darren Kelly
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.
Dr. John Kuykendall
Dr. Kuykendall serves as associate professor of higher education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is responsible for coordinating the master’s degree program in the student affairs and serves as the content expert for the doctoral concentration in student affairs administration. His current research interests include college access for diverse populations; student involvement and retention; pre-college experiences of high school students who want to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; and the persistence of diverse graduate students toward the achievement of a doctoral degree.
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.
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.
Kenneth O. Miles
Kenneth O. Miles is interim vice provost for equity, diversity & community outreach at Louisiana State University. He was previously executive director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes and 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.
Dr. James L. Moore
Dr. James L. Moore III is the EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. Moore is an associate provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, where he also serves as the inaugural director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. He received his B.A. in English Education from Delaware State University and earned both his M.A.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Joyce Olushola
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.
Courtney Randall is currently a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma working, in the student-athlete development department where he specializes in leadership development, student to professional transitioning and community engagement. He is also a second-year member of the University of Oklahoma Athletics Diversity Council. His research interests include diversity and inclusion issues for students and professionals in intercollegiate athletics.
Valyncia Raphael is a Big Ten athlete alumna and PhD candidate at the UW-Madison School of Education in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program. Her research takes an interdiscplinary approach to understanding and solving contemporary legal and policy issues in higher education. Blending critical, legal, historical and socio-political perspectives, her broad research interests are intersectional identity development and equity issues in higher education. Among these interests, she works to find practical and scalable solutions to issues plaguing intercollegiate athletics. Ms. Raphael is also a 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and splits time working for the University of Wisconsin Posse program and clerking in the University of Wisconsin Dean of Students Office, where she assists the Student Conduct Officer with Clery and Title IX compliance matters. After completing her doctorate, Ms. Raphael plans to practice education law.
After receiving a B.S. in secondary education from The University of South Carolina Upstate, Paul Robbins is currently working on a Ph.D. in educational psychology and an M.Ed. in counselor education at the University of Texas-Austin. Also, he works as a career coach for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. His research focuses on academics, athletics, and mathematics education.
Nino Rodriguez is a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research involves examining the discourses surrounding student-athlete identity, specifically, in regards to the process of socialization that Black males are subjected to during the intercollegiate years.
Dr. Tiese Roxbury
Dr. Tiese Roxbury received her Ph.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. Lisa Rubin
Dr. Lisa Rubin joined Kansas State University in 2014 as assistant professor in intercollegiate athletics. Previously, she worked in a variety of student affairs areas and served as an athletic advisor/life skills counselor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Rubin is active in the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). She earned a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from UNLV, and both an M.Ed. in kinesiology and sport management and a B.S. in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin.
Richard M. Southall
Dr. Richard Southall is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, in the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. His research focuses on critically examining the NCAA’s Collegiate Model of Athletics. Southall is director of the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) at the University of South Carolina, which publishes the annual Adjusted Graduation Gap (AGG) Reports.
Brandon Thomas is an academic coordinator at the University of New Hampshire. He is a two-time time graduate from Winthrop University earning a B.A. in English and an M.S. in sport and fitness administration. Previously Thomas worked in the athletic departments at the University of North Dakota and Belmont Abbey College.
Brittany Washington is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma, receiving an M.Ed. Her research interests focus on adult learning and higher education with emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration. Washington has also interned with the University of Oklahoma’s Athletic department and is currently applying for admission to doctoral programs in educational psychology.
Justin Weaver oversees the diversity and inclusion pillar of the Office of Student-Athlete Development programming including Beyond the Game, SAESO, Badger Connections Barbeque and You Can Play Campaign at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Africana studies from Lehigh and a master’s degree in African American studies from Morgan State. Weaver is a member of National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Black Coaches Association (BCA).
Dr. Ronald Whitaker
Dr. Ron Whitaker earned a Ph.D. in leadership at Duquesne University where his research explored the intersection of racial identity and systemic inequalities through the lens of social justice. Whitaker is currently the Pennsylvania chapter liaison for the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), an affiliate professor and chair of the undergraduate business program at Lancaster College at the Center for Urban Theological Studies, and a UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholar.