The 5th Annual Emerging Administrators Academy Announces McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture as Presenting Sponsor

Emerging AD Features Industry Leading Intercollegiate Athletics Administrators

Emerging Administrators Academy

The Emerging Administrators Academy (Emerging AD) celebrates its fifth annual cohort with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture as presenting sponsor. Hosted on Clayton State University's campus outside of Atlanta in partnership with the institution's Continuing Education Department, this year's event will take place July 9-11, 2017.

McMillan Pazdan Smith is a perfect partner for the Emerging AD audience with its portfolio of extensive work with other athletic programs. Entrusted by more than 60 public and private Colleges and Universities, McMillan Pazdan Smith has master planned and designed works that promote intellectual and social interaction within the campus environment. McMillan Pazdan Smith creatively integrates academic curricula and campus social culture into vibrant, state-of-the-art solutions that enhance the social and learning experiences critical to college student life.

"This year, we are focused on ensuring attendees leave with new skills, contacts and information they can use to advance their careers."

Tim Duncan, Founder, Emerging Administrators Academy

Additional Emerging AD partners include Clayton County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Worth Financial and returning media partner Front Office Sports.

Created and founded by Clayton State's Director of Athletics, Tim Duncan, the continuation of having Emerging AD on a college campus emphasizes the importance of education and vitality of professional development.

"Emerging AD entering year five is a testament to the instructors who have volunteered their time and the attendees who took a chance on a new professional development opportunity," says Duncan.

Emerging AD also rolls out a renewed mission statement focusing on streamlined core principles that will shape its future goals to support more collegiate athletic directors toward advancement in their careers:

To identify, nurture and mentor 100 current and future administrators to become Intercollegiate Directors of Athletics

"This year, we are focused on ensuring attendees leave with new skills, contacts and information they can use to advance their careers," Duncan added.

Emerging AD Board of Advisors and panelists include Dr. Derrick Gragg, Vice-President and Director of Athletics, The University of Tulsa; Tim Duncan, Emerging AD Founder and Director of Athletics, Clayton State University; Steve Stroud, Senior Associate Director of Athletics/External Affairs, Troy University and Dena Freeman-Patton, Deputy Athletics Director at California State University-Bakersfield.

Board of Advisors not in attendance are Bill Lansden, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Executive Director of the Hokie Club, Virginia Tech University; Dr. China Jude, Assistant Vice President/Athletics Director, Queens College; Jody Sykes, Sr. Associate Athletics Director, Chief Compliance Officer, University of Oregon; and Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried, Director of Athletics, California State University-Bakersfield.

New guest instructors and panelists include Lee Reed, Director of Athletics, Georgetown University; Melvin Hines, Director of Athletics at Alabama State; Carla Wilson, Director of Athletics, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Jessie Rosa, Director of Athletics, Auburn University at Montgomery; Renee Bostic, Director of Athletics & Intramural, Medgar Evers College; Sterling Steward, Director of Athletics, Savannah State University; Marcus Manning, Vice-President for Athletics & Recreation, Maryville University; Daniel Parker, Parker Executive Search and Will Baggett, CLC & Front Office Sports.

Panels include Journey to Becoming a Division 1 AD, Women in the Chair, Navigating from a PWI to an HBCU, Managing High Profile Coaches and Behind the Curtain of a Division 1 AD Search.

Interested participants can visit: www.Emerging for conference information and registration details or connect with Emerging AD on Twitter: @EmergingAD or Email:

Follow hashtag #EmergingAD17 on social media.

About Emerging Administrators Academy (Emerging AD)

Founded in 2013 by Tim Duncan, current Athletics Director at Clayton State University, the Emerging Administrators Academy was born out of the need to create a professional development academy that helps guide and support current and emerging intercollegiate athletic administrators. Emerging AD gives participants hands-on instructions with the opportunity to hear from some of today's top influential Athletic Directors and intercollegiate sports industry influencers.

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Source: Emerging Administrators Academy

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