Hicks Named Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Student Development
SPRINGFIELD -- Bryan Hicks, a native of Huntsville, Ala. has been named as Missouri State University's Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Student Development, the University announced today. He will begin duties on August 17.
Hicks spent the past 12 years at the University of Louisville, including the last five as Assistant Athletic Director for Academics where he had responsibilities for the football team and stadium computer lab. He also served on the University's Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE), the Directors Council for University Wide Advising and coordinated Louisville's Student-Athletes of Color Combining Opportunity and Responsibility for Excellence (SCORE).
"I'm excited to be joining the Missouri State Family," said Hicks. "I would like to thank (MSU President Dr. Michael) Nietzel, Director of Athletics Kyle Moats, and all the University Staff. I look forward to working with the Missouri State student-athletes, and providing an enhanced academic and athletic experience. My family and I are eager to be part of the Springfield community."
A college basketball and baseball standout at Tuskegee University, he received his bachelors in Marketing from Alabama A&M in 1992 and earned his Masters in Public Administration from Portland State in 1996.
At Louisville, he has also served as a compliance coordinator, associate director for academic services, and an academic advisor prior to taking on his current role in 2003. He also has coaching and multicultural admissions experience at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore.
"I am extremely excited to have Bryan Hicks as a member of our Missouri State athletics family," said Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. "It was imperative to hire someone who puts the student-athlete at the heart of the program, and he has a wealth of knowledge in both the academic and athletics worlds. I hope Bear fans will embrace Bryan and his family as they make this transition."
Hicks and his wife Kellie are the parents of three children, Hailey, Sydney and Garrett.
His hiring is contingent upon final approval by the Missouri State Board of Governors at its next scheduled meeting, October 30.