July 1, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina athletics director Chip Smith today announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer M. Brown to the position of Assistant Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator. She replaces former SWA Debbie Hensley, who took a soccer coaching position at Louisiana State back in late January.
Brown is Western Carolina's fifth Senior Woman Administrator since the position changed classifications in 1990 from primary woman administrator (PWA).
"Jennifer has been an integral part of Catamount Athletics for several years," Smith said. "Her commitment to student-athlete welfare and her dedication to Western Carolina made her the perfect person to take on the responsibilities of Senior Woman Administrator. We are very fortunate to have her on our staff."
A native of Eden, N.C., Brown is approaching her fourth year at Western Carolina, coming to Cullowhee in August of 2001 as the Director of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes. In that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing all of the academic support programs for Catamount athletics, which includes the academic enhancement programs (AEP).
Her new role in the athletics department will include her continuing her oversight of AEP, with the addition of the administration of volleyball, women's basketball, women's tennis, men's cross country/track & field, women's cross country/women's track & field, men's golf and women's golf. She will also coordinate the CHAMPS/Life Skills program and serve as advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), which she began at the conclusion of the 2005 spring sports seasons with the oversight of the annual athletics awards banquet.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity that has been awarded me by Chip Smith and the athletics department in becoming the Senior Woman Administrator," Brown said. "I am looking forward to the challenge of not only continuing our academic excellence, but also working more closely with our coaching staff and student-athletes in an administrative capacity. Now is an great time to be involved with Catamount athletics with our new coaches and state-of-the-art facilities, and I am happy to be a part of all of that."
During her tenure at WCU, Brown has garnered numerous accolades. She was named the Most Outstanding Academic Advisor during the 2002-03 academic year, as well as the Last Minute Productions Staff Supporter of the Year award during the same time. In 2003-04, Brown was awarded the John Fry Advising Award which honors excellent work in dealing with students.
Prior to coming to Western, Brown worked with Academic Support Programs for Student-Athletes at both North Carolina and North Carolina State. She has also served as the program coordinator for the Youth Out of the Education Mainstream Project at the Center for the Prevention of School Violence, as well as worked with the North Carolina Association of Educators as the parent coordinator of the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children.
Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from North Carolina State in 1992 and her Master of Arts in counselor education in 1996 from North Carolina Central University. She was awarded her Doctoral degree in counselor education in the spring of 2004 from N.C. State, and will begin instructing a counseling course this fall in Western's new college student personnel graduate degree program.