DURHAM, N.C. --Duke University hosted a portion of the NCAA's annual Leadership Institute, a program designed to assist ethnic minorities in mapping their careers in college athletics.The NCAA Leadership Institute assists approximately 50 ethnic minorities (male and female) annually in strategically mapping and planning their careers through the exploration of the intercollegiate athletics community. This workshop is uniquely designed workshop provides tailored programming to participants on NCAA member institution campuses.
"Duke is excited to welcome the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute," said Gerald Harrison, Duke's Associate Director of Athletics for Human Resources. "The institute shares Dr. White's vision for Diversity and inclusion in intercollegiate athletics, and we are glad share the Duke Experience with each of the participants."
The format of the institute allows participants to diversify their network, become exposed to key stakeholders within college administration and receive an in-depth view of the opportunities to serve within the NCAA governance structure as they advance their careers. During the workshop, participants focused on leadership and administration, finances and fundraising, boosters, public and media relations, and human resources. Several members of the Duke University athletics were chosen to provide input to the participants.
"The focus of the NCAA Leadership Institute is to assist ethnic minority males and females with exploration of the landscape of intercollegiate athletics and the intersection of their career goals and ambitions, from values clarification to intellectual knowledge," said Curtis Hollomon, the Director of NCAA Leadership Development. "Duke University Athletics provided an insightful education and informational platform for the 2012 Class. From administrators to coaches, they were all reflective and open in sharing with the participants their personal and professional journeys."
Among Duke's participants were Harrison, Heather Ryan, Executive Director of Academic Support Services, Nina King, Associate Director of Athletics for Administration and Chief of Staff, and Joe Manhertz, Executive Director of Development.
"The NCAA Leadership Institute is one of the most meaningful experiences I have been through in my career," said Jocelyn Fisher, an Assistant Director of Athletics Development at Duke. "My time learning about budgets, leadership, networking and fundraising, as well as how other departments operate within collegiate athletics, has been extremely invaluable. I can't wait to return to work with a renewed energy and a myriad of ideas to share."
"They shared both good and bad career decisions and lessons learned along the way," Holloman said. "The emphasis placed on aligning the mission of the university first, and athletics department second, is a model example that exemplified what success looks like. Duke Athletics provided an exceptional service to the NCAA membership by hosting and sharing an exceptional campus experience with 45 participants, who will in return go back to their institutions with knowledge to facilitate in the cultural transition and enhancement of their athletics department."