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Leadership Institute

Ricardo Hooper, right, makes an introduction at the 2011 Leadership Institute as Shantey Hill, left, looks on.

The Leadership Institute provides tailored programming to assist racial and ethnic minorities in strategically mapping and planning their careers. The format of the week-long institute will allow participants to enhance professional skills, diversify their professional network, gain exposure to the core business areas of intercollegiate athletics and receive an in-depth view of the opportunities to serve within the NCAA governance structure.

2014 Year One Application Information

  • The application for the 2014 Leadership Institute program can be found at NCAA Program Hub. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 18, 2014. Please note that Program Hub will automatically shut down the application after 5 p.m. on April 18, 2014.

Alumni Professional Development Information

Participants receive exposure to:

  • University, conference and NCAA administrators
  • Strategic planning
  • Budget management
  • Fundraising
  • University and NCAA compliance
  • Student-athlete welfare issues and initiatives
  • Diversity and inclusion issues and initiatives at all levels of intercollegiate athletics
  • Human resources and performance management within the organization
  • Understanding the role of search firms within the business of intercollegiate athletics

Skill enhancement towards:

  • Personal and professional philosophy regarding the approach to intercollegiate athletics
  • Identification of leadership abilities
  • Ability to speak publicly
  • Mastery of skills related to job assignment
  • Ability to take on additional levels of responsibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form
  • Clear understanding of emotional intelligence and the ability to use it
  • Ways to professionally engage ones University executives
  • Clear understanding of ethics
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of personal and professional integrity
  • Ability to build consensus and to influence important decisions when given the opportunity
  • Strong professional network of colleagues and mentors
  • The ability to contribute and advise unit leaders within the athletics department

Tentative Daily Themes:

  • Day 1 - Explore goals, clarify values and make divisional connections
  • Day 2 - Build a foundation by exploring professional options, challenges and fit for future positions
  • Day 3 - Explore the internal workings of an athletic department, as it pertains to their workshop category
  • Day 4 - Explore the external workings of an athletic department, as it pertains to their workshop category
  • Day 5 - Validate career direction through action learning (campus interviews)
  • Day 6 - Manage people, effectively integrating athletics with campus and alumni integration
  • Day 7 - Graduation

Application Details:

Participant selections will be based on the following program criteria:

  • Have minimum of three (3) years full-time administrative experience, preferably in sports
  • Hold position of associate director, director, assistant AD or associate AD (with consideration given to varying organizational structures per division)
  • Diverse intercollegiate athletics work experience preferred
  • Letter of recommendation from current supervisor or director of athletics
  • Personal and professional philosophy regarding the approach to intercollegiate athletics
  • Recognized or demonstrated ability to lead through any or all of the following:
    • Current work role
    • Educational association
    • Successful completion of professional leadership program (e.g., NACWAA/HERS, NACDA, MOAA)
  • Ability to contribute to, and advise, unit leaders and/or executive staff within the athletics department and nationally.
  • Skills and experience in at least two of the following areas:
    • University, conference and NCAA administrators
    • Strategic planning
    • Budget management
    • Fundraising
    • University and NCAA compliance
    • Student-athlete welfare issues and initiatives
    • Diversity and inclusion issues and initiatives at all levels of intercollegiate athletics
    • Human resources and performance management within organization

Selection Timeline:

  • March 16, 2014 - Application open
  • April 18, 2014 - Application closed
  • May 9, 2014 - Applicants notified of application status
  • July 8-14, 2014 - Leadership Institute program in Atlanta, Georgia.

Program and Hotel Location: W Atlanta Downtown (Atlanta, Georgia)

Participant Covers: Travel expenses (flight, airport parking and transportation to and from the hotel) and any meals associated with travel before and after sessions conclude.

NCAA Covers: Lodging (program participants will have roommate), meals associated with the program and materials.

If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Leadership Institute, please contact:

Year One Participants:
Jaime L. Fluker

Associate Director of
Leadership Development
Telephone: 317/917-6973
E-mail: jfluker@ncaa.org

Year Two Participants:
Justin Paysinger

Assistant Director of
Leadership Development
Telephone: 317/917-6036
E-mail: jpaysinger@ncaa.org

Alumni:
Curtis J. Hollomon

Director of
Leadership Development
Telephone: 317/917-6324
E-mail: chollomon@ncaa.org