Stephon Fuqua, senior athletic academic counselor, has been selected as one of 20 participants in the NCAA Leadership Institute, a two-year experience tailored to assist ethnic minorities in strategically mapping and planning their careers in athletics administration.
“I am humbly appreciative to be chosen to be a part of such an elite class of administrators,” says Fuqua, who joined peers in Tampa, Florida this past week (July 8-14) for the group’s beginning of the year meeting.
Institute participants hone in on skill sets and education during the year through experiential learning and professional development sessions, and attend in-person meetings at the beginning and end of each year.
“[The NCAA Leadership Institute is] an opportunity for me to further build my confidence and credibility as a leader as well as improve efficiency in my current role at Ohio State,” shares Fuqua.
Fuqua and his year one peers will focus on exploring career aspirations and enhancing essential skills, while discussing goals, clarifying values, and looking at behavioral styles. The group of 20 will study a variety of topic areas such as student-athlete welfare, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, budget management, fundraising, compliance, human resources, and more.
“As I grow in this profession, I am constantly trying to find ways to challenge myself as a practitioner,” mentions Fuqua, who is excited to learn from the practiced experts and colleagues he’ll meet along the way.
Part of the in-person meeting included a mid-week site visit, where participants discussed campus culture, gained insight into varying organizational structures, and explored internal workings of an NCAA member school. Additionally, the year one cohort interacted with year two institute participants who focus on expanding their knowledge in a topical area and engage in workshops that showcase mastery of essential athletics administration skills.
When asked what excites him about the NCAA Leadership Institute, Fuqua highlights the people. “I most look forward to getting to know and working closely with a diverse group of administrators and program alums from across the country.”
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