FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Felecia Saine, the director of student-athlete academic support and achievement in the University of Arkansas’ Athletic Department of Academics and Student-Athlete Development, was selected to attend an NCAA Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, N.C., this week.
Saine, who is a native of Little Rock and works with the Razorback men’s basketball program, is one of 45 applicants chosen to participate in the conference.
Sessions will focus on personal development, external relations, fundraising and development, budgeting, internal operations, human resources, developing a culture of excellence, preparing for a career move and branding careers. Attendees will also hear from guest speakers, and visit with athletic administrators at the University of North Carolina and Duke University during the week-long event.
"I am very excited and honored to be selected to attend the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute," Saine says. "This opportunity will benefit me in my professional development and my career in athletics."
The format of the workshop allows participants to diversify their network, become exposed to key stakeholders in college administration and receive an in-depth view of opportunities to serve within the NCAA governance structure.
The conference also uses case studies, action learning and panel discussions as curriculum tools for interactive instruction.
Saine earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arkansas-Little Rock before receiving her master’s in sport management from UA in 1998. While earning her graduate degree, Saine worked with the Razorback football team as an academic counselor until 2002 when she took on the role of academic coordinator for men’s basketball until her departure for Georgetown in 2004. She returned to Arkansas following six-plus years as assistant to the director of athletics for academics at Georgetown, where she worked with the men’s basketball team.
Saine is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics and the Black Coaches Association.