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Johnson, Jennings Join Staff

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Johnson, Jennings Join Staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Chris Johnson and J.L. Jennings join the University of Arkansas staff in the Office of Student-Athlete Success. Johnson files the position of assistant director of academics for football and men’s golf while Jennings is the academic counselor for football and men’s tennis. Prior to joining the Razorbacks, Johnson spent five years at Jacksonville University, three as the director of student-athlete services. At JU Johnson was responsible for overseeing various programs such as: study hall, SAAC, STAAR, Champs/Life Skills as well as all other academic related issues. He was also the liaison between student-athletes, faculty, and staff in order to ensure that academic progress is realized. Johnson was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the STAAR Program, an academic recovery program for at-risk student-athletes. Prior to JU, Johnson completed his senior internship with Gator Boosters, Inc. which is the fundraising arm for the athletic department at the University of Florida. One of his primary duties was to assist with the F Club, which is the letterman’s club for former Gator athletes. Included among these responsibilities was assisting with the F Club Endowment. A Gainesville, Fla. native Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management at Florida while also obtaining a minor in business administration. He completed his master’s degree in business at JU during the summer of 2010. Johnson and his wife, Erica, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Avery. Jennings joined the Razorback Athletic Department on a full-time basis in the fall of 2013 as an academic counselor. He previously worked with the teams as a graduate assistant. Jennings earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in recreation and sports management from the University of Arkansas. Jennings is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Academics. As a student, Jennings was a member of the University of Arkansas Marching Razorback Band, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Hogwild Pep Band and Inspirational Singers. Jennings is originally from New Boston, Texas, and has been a member of the Fayetteville community for 17 years. He has a son, Kadence Jael Jennings.



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