SEC Opportunity Forum class meets in Nashville


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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (March 10, 2023) – During the 2023 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville, the SEC hosted the third session of its inaugural SEC Opportunity Forum, a year-long program designed to connect mid to senior level administrators in the SEC from historically underrepresented groups with industry leaders and assist them with professional development opportunities.  The inaugural class consists of fifteen university and conference administrators who are participating in a four-part series of engagements.

“The Southeastern Conference and its member institutions are committed to expanding the diversity of our athletics department leadership,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “It is important for the Conference and its member institutions to achieve measurable and sustained progress in increasing diversity and representation of historically underrepresented groups in athletics positions, consistent with the overall educational mission.”

Phase I of the SEC Opportunity Forum is focusing on administrators in the SEC who aspire to become an athletics director or conference commissioner. Future phases of the Forum will be designed to engage coaches who are on the verge of being named a head coach and administrators and coaches who are earlier in their careers.

The four-part series of engagements in 2022-2023 has included in-person sessions at the SEC Office in Birmingham in October and the SEC Football Championship in Atlanta in December.  The program will culminate during the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin in May.

The SEC Opportunity Forum is one result of SEC Bylaw 23, a Conference rule adopted by the SEC Presidents and Chancellors in 2021 to encourage, facilitate and assist member institutions in attracting, hiring and retaining individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the leadership of athletics departments, particularly in the roles of athletics director, head coach, and senior woman administrator (SWA) and in positions that typically lead to those roles.

The SEC collaborated with each member university to identify the individuals invited to participate in the Forum. The inaugural SEC Opportunity Forum class of administrators consists of:

2023 Opportunity Forum

 Joe Suiter, Alabama Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Enhancement
Terry Prentice, Arkansas Senior Associate Athletics Director/Athlete Brand Development 
 Djenane Paul, Auburn Executive Associate Athletics Director/SWA
 Kim Green, Florida Associate Athletics Director for Compliance
 Darrice Griffin, Georgia Senior Deputy Athletic Director
 Ray Oliver, Kentucky Executive Associate Athletics Director/ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
 Lori Williams, LSU Deputy Athletics Director for Leadership and Strategy
 Dr. Jennifer Saxon, Ole Miss Executive Associate Athletics Director/SWA
 Alvin Franklin, Mississippi State  Associate Athletics Director/Development and Team Lead
 Donald Senat, Missouri Academic Coordinator
 David Jackson, South Carolina Senior Accounting/Fiscal Manager
 Marcus Hilliard, Tennessee Senior Associate Athletics Director and Chief of Staff
 Dan Childs, Texas A&M Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services
 Eugene Henderson, Vanderbilt Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services
 Misty Brown, Southeastern Conference Assistant Commissioner/Competition and Student-Athlete Engagement 

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