Joy Ekema-Agbaw joined Arkansas in the spring of 2015 as the Assistant Director of Marketing & Media Relations for the cross country and track and field programs. Prior to her arrival, Ekema-Agbaw worked for the City College of New York athletic department in several capacities, including event management, marketing and travel administrator.
Volunteering for events such as the U.S. Open and New York City Marathon during her years as an undergraduate student, Ekema-Agbaw officially began her career in athletics with the Orange Bowl Committee as a marketing intern during the 2011 season. Her responsibilities at the Orange Bowl included contest promotion, mascot handling, managing the gameday fan zone and script editing.
Following her internship with the Orange Bowl, Ekema-Agbaw spent two years working under University of Miami Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Amy Deem as the coordinator of operations for both the men’s and women’s programs.
Within the Razorback athletic department, Ekema-Agbaw reports on the day-to-day activities of the nationally ranked track and field teams and is responsible for championing their story lines to local and national media outlets. Her responsibilities also extend to maintaining and growing the historic program’s fan base through promotional activations at home meets and around the community.
Additionally, Ekema-Agbaw is charged with managing Arkansas’ charitable giving requests with oversight of the donation item inventory and processing/shipment of requested items, once approved by compliance.
Ekema-Agbaw is a 2013 graduate from the University of Miami with a master’s degree in sport administration. She also graduated from New York University in 2009 where she was a four-year letter-winner in track and field and two-year captain with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management. She is a 2016 graduate of the Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) Institute for Administrative Advancement.