The NCAA leadership development office, in partnership with the Board of Governors Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity, has invited 22 senior administrators, including Wooster Assistant Athletics Director for Diversity, Inclusion, Compliance and Internal Management/Senior Woman Administrator, Ashley Reid, to participate in the NCAA Pathway Program during the 2019-20 academic year.
The NCAA Pathway Program has a focused goal of preparing individuals to excel as directors of athletics or conference commissioners. Participants engage in a series of experiential learning opportunities designed on advancing them to the top role in an athletics department or conference. This includes how to thrive in the ever-evolving intercollegiate athletics landscape.
At Wooster, Reid has transitioned from full-time coach to the school's first Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity and Inclusion, while also serving as the Senior Woman Administrator. Since moving into her administrative role, Reid's duties have expanded to also include compliance and internal management, while continuing to serve as a liaison between athletics and other campus offices on matters of diversity and inclusion. In addition, Reid serves as the SAAC advisor.
Over the past 22 years, the highly acclaimed Pathway Program (formerly the Fellows Program) has produced more than 100 alumni. Nearly 25 percent of the participants have become directors of athletics, while more than 60 percent received promotions in their careers.
The 2019-20 NCAA Division I Pathway Program participants:
Kelly Barsky, deputy athletics director/senior woman administrator, UC Santa Barbara
Joshua Boone, senior associate athletics director for administration, Miami (Florida)
Gabe Cagwin, chief business development officer, Arizona State
Derek Cowherd, senior associate athletics director, Ohio State
Richard Duran, deputy athletics director, University of the Incarnate Word
Matt Elliott, senior associate athletics director, internal operations, UCLA
Nancy Hixson, CEO/deputy athletics director, external, Air Force
Paula Jackson, associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator, Hampton
Candice Lee, associate vice chancellor/deputy athletics director, Vanderbilt
Marvin Lewis, associate athletics director, administration and finance, Georgia Tech
Janet Oberle, senior associate director of athletics, Saint Louis
Courtney Vinson, senior associate athletics director, Northern Illinois
The 2019-20 NCAA Division II and Division III Pathway Program participants:
Merlene Aitken-Smith, senior associate athletics director, Clayton State
Chris Barker, associate athletics director, internal operations, Wisconsin-Parkside
Kristy Bayer, deputy director of athletics/senior woman administrator, Emporia State
Sarah Dehring, associate athletics director/senior woman administrator, Alma
Kevin Fenstermacher, assistant commissioner/director of communications, Presidents’ Athletic Conference
Miriam Merrill, associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator, Hamilton
Ashley Reid, assistant athletics director for diversity, inclusion, compliance and internal management/senior woman administrator, Wooster
Michael Schulist, assistant athletics director for advancement, operations and media relations, Carroll (Wisconsin)
Jessica Harbison Weaver, associate athletics director-compliance and academic support/senior woman administrator, Concordia Portland
Brock Wissmiller, associate athletics director-director of athletics development, Upper Iowa