Rob Knox, Associate Media Relations Director at Towson, visits with @TaiMBrown at the 2018 NACDA Convention. Knox, incoming CoSIDA President, talks about the significance of being only the 2nd African-American president in the association's history. He also discusses the title of Sports Information Director (SID) and why it no longer accurately describes the role's functionality. With a demeanor showing how much he is honored, Knox expresses his true appreciation for everything the organization represents.
Eileen Daley, Sr. Associate AD for Academic & Student Services/SWA at San Jose State, chats with @TaiMBrown about her background in admissions and how it helps with her current role in athletics. Daley initially left the department and joined campus admissions to gain experience managing a team and to diversify her profile. In her return to athletics, she brought the department and campus closer in terms of ties between recruiting, admissions, academic advising, and Student-Athlete experiences.
Mark Jackson, AD at Villanova, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss leadership through self-discovery. Jackson speaks to the importance for people in leadership positions to find the quiet time to understand who they are. He talks about his own process of discovering his leadership philosophy and how his mentor, Pete Caroll emphasized doing the "lonely work" as a mandatory growth exercise. On the topic of interviewing staff, the first question asked is, "Can you sum up your leadership philosophy in two minutes?"
Tanner Gardner, Sr. Assoc. AD & COO at Rice, visits @TaiMBrown as the two discuss how Gardner's background as a business management consultant in the corporate world helped land his initial position as Chief Revenue Officer; a role which oversaw most aspects of external operations. As COO, Gardner is responsible for a majority of the department's business operations, traditionally a function of the internal side of the house. A role he says brings strong corporate business practices to college athletics.
Dell Robinson, Lead Search Associate for the Athletic Practice at the Spelman Johnson Executive Search Firm, joins @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast. Robinson, former commissioner for the GLIAC and conference office veteran, discusses how his background and wealth of relationships has proven to be a benefit to Spelman Johnson's athletics practice. He also breaks down the firm's search process from the initial proposal, all the way through presenting candidates and placement checkups later down the line.
Dr. Renae Myles, Sr. Assoc. AD, COO & SWA at Winthrop, visits with @TaiMBrown to discuss the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) events at the upcoming 2018 NACDA Convention. Myles discusses important aspects of the MOAA Symposium including speakers such as Kevin DeShazo and Arne Duncan. She also goes into detail on how convention attendees can maximize their return on investment with emphasis on follow-up notes to speakers and reporting to supervisors on the takeaways from the conference.
Judy Sackfield, Deputy AD & SWA at Texas A&M Commerce, visits with @TaiMBrown on the 1.Question Podcast. Sackfield, having been interim AD twice, discusses how time in the Chair has helped her in her current role as the Deputy. She specifically speaks on learning to better package information so the AD can make well-informed decisions. Speaking on influence within the department, Sackfield mentions longevity and stability as assets when it comes to providing direction for Student-Athletes and coaches alike.
Lesley Irvine, AD at Pomona & Pitzer Colleges, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss the process of developing a culture. Hired as the first full-time AD in almost 20 years, Irvine's department has won conference & national championships. She talks about core values and working with different areas on campus to ensure a successful synergy in supporting athletics. Irvine also discusses the unique set up as Pomona College & Pitzer College are two different institutions but have one combined athletics department.
Jo Potuto, FAR & Law Professor at Nebraska, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss concerns currently on the minds of FARs around the country. Potuto touches on ramifications of potential transfer rules and maintaining academic integrity in the process. She also touches on the FAR's position in athletics in terms of being informed and active in vetting potential compliance issues as (or before) they arrive. Finally, Potuto expresses frustration that the faculty voice is somewhat muted in the current NCAA structure.
Dr. Kevin Blue, Director of Athletics at UC Davis, joins @TaiMBrown to discuss his methods of staff development and professional learning. Blue, the "Professorial AD," taught classes while earning his MBA & PhD and talks about how important learning is as a professional considering the ongoing changes in athletics. He also identifies his preferred methods of helping his staff prepare to handle tough situations, enhance their leadership roles, and provide the best possible environment for Student-Athletes.