Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tennessee State University Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services, Dr. Johnnie C. Smith, has been named to the NFL Advisory Board of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). The NFL Advisory Board is charged with creating degree completion opportunities for collegiate non-graduates who have pursued a professional sports career. The board endeavors to complete this task by forging relationships between National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and NFL Player Development Group, Dr. Smith's appointment is for three years. "I feel so honored to serve in this capacity," says Dr. Smith. "I look forward to the discussions on how N4A and NFL can assist professional athletes in completing their college degree. Dr. Smith joined the Tennessee State University athletics department in December, 2004 and has set about establishing an academic advisement and learning center for TSU student-athletes. Prior to her service at TSU she worked at Austin Peay State where she served in several positions including Academic Coordinator, Academic Coordinator for Athletics and Director of Academic Advising and Counselor/Recruiter for Academic Affairs. During her tenure at Austin Peay State she lead the University to earn the OVC Academic Achievement Banner and the Men's Basketball team earned the OVC's highest team GPA. Both achievements were the first time in school history. At Tennessee State University, Dr. Smith has been a motivating factor in setting higher standards for all student-athletes. She was instrumental in motivating the TSU football team to earn 2nd place in conference (OVC) academic standing, up from sixth place last year. Her latest motivational drive is promoting college degree completion by TSU student-athletes within three and a half years.