HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Alabama A&M President Dr. Daniel Wims announced on Thursday, July 14 that current Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Administrator Ka’Lisa Stanfield will serve as the interim Director of Athletics of the institution.
Stanfield came to The Hill after three and a half years in multiple roles with fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) member Arkansas-Pine Bluff and, most recently, two and a half years with NCAA Division II Arkansas-Monticello.
She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position having served as assistant athletic director for compliance and senior administrator with athletic oversight responsibilities for men’s and women’s softball and golf during her time with the UAM Weevils.
Additionally, Stanfield was responsible for managing the Department’s efforts with transcripts and initial eligibility assessments as well as the review and approval of official and unofficial student-athlete visits.
As a staff member of UAPB from 2015, she rose through the ranks from her initial role as a scholarship/tour coordinator to a compliance and academic intern before being appointed as an academic advisor and coordinator. of special events, a position she will occupy from August 2017 to September 2018.
Among his responsibilities during his three roles were managing preview days, interacting with previous and potential donors, completing APR transfer verification forms and waiver documents, and acting as advisor to fifth-year and graduation students.
In addition to her experience in these roles, Stanfield has also served on search committees that included the positions of educational advisor and manager of women’s basketball and volleyball positions. She was also involved with the Division II Governance Academy and was selected for the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) grant.
Stanfield holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with a specialization in Exercise Science from Arkansas-Monticello in May 2014 and completed his Master of Science in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire in December 2016 .
With the departure of longtime director of athletics Bryan Hicks earlier this month, Stanfield becomes the second woman in the past 60 years to lead the department, joining legendary Betty Austin who took on an interim role in 2006. -07 before assuming the permanent position from 2007-12.
A nationwide search to fill the position is already underway with a 12-person committee made up of current and former sports staff, university leaders and community leaders. That group is tasked with spearheading a quick effort to appoint Alabama A&M’s new athletic director before the start of the 2022-23 campaign in August.
The committee is led by current Bulldogs volleyball head coach and 1984 Olympic silver medalist Rose Magers-Powell as chair with current head football coach Connell Maynor as co-chair.
They are joined by former A&M student-athlete and vice president of marketing, communications and advancement Jamal Ali, former women’s volleyball and AD coach Betty Austin, faculty athletic representative Geremy Cheeks, l former student and pastor community leader Troy Garner, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Otis Hughley, Jr., Baseball Head Coach Elliott Jones, Women’s Basketball Head Coach Margaret Richards, Stanfield, Registrar Brenda Williams and former A&M administrator, Ex-Officio Lynn Sherrod.