Aug. 9, 2011
OLATHE, Kan. - Baylor Director of Student-Athlete Development Tierra Barber has been named to Career Athletes' first National Collegiate Advisory Board. The nine-member board is comprised of individuals with experience in the area of student-athlete development, life skills and academic services.
"Essentially, we are progressing the student-athlete experience by the way career development is viewed and embraced in collegiate athletics," Career Athletes Vice President of Training and Development D.J. Washington said.
"Student-athletes experience the pressure to win both in the classroom and in competition. Unfortunately, the same pressure is non-existent when it comes to career-readiness - perhaps the most important," Washington said. "During our economic downturn, that is a tremendous problem that we must address right now. Fortunately, we have gathered the most respected and forward-thinking athletic administrators around the country that are committed to finding the solution."
Originally from Midland, Texas, Barber was named to her current position at Baylor in 2008. A former track and field student-athlete at Baylor, she graduated from Baylor in 2002 with her bachelor's degree and later received her master's degree in 2004 while serving as a graduate assistant as an academic counselor.
As the Director of Student-Athlete Development, she has increased her involvement with N4A and has served on the Membership and Life Skills committees. She is currently the Chair of the Life Skills committee and has helped plan several regional N4A meetings. Barber is a 2011 graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute and was a 2010 N4A Professional Promise recipient. She has participated in the Big 12 Diversity Program, CHAMPS/Life Skills Conference, Big 12 Leadership Summit and NCAA Effective Facilitator Training. She has also served as a facilitator at the NCAA Careers in Sports Forum and a APPLY Conference panelist.
National Collegiate Advisory Board members include:
Career Athletes is the leading provider of a wide range of dedicated career development services and software within collegiate athletics. Since the inception in 1998, athletes in every sport, from over 1,200 individual colleges and universities nationwide, have utilized Career Athletes as a valuable tool in their transition from athletics to the workplace.