After Hurricane Katrina, Dillard University had to rebuild. Everything. Including athletics. For the past 16 years Dr. Kiki Barnes took on that responsibility with enthusiasm and passion and not only rebuilt athletics, but built a model, small college athletic program that is integrated into the campus and community.
Over the past sixteen years, we’ve established three new sports teams; completed a redesign of Dent Hall’s gymnasium; rebranded the athletics department; introduced the Dillard Bleu Devil Network for live streaming athletic events; launched a mobile application; established the first athletics endowed scholarship, the Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship; and led several fundraising initiatives that generated over $1 million for the athletics department.
Under Barnes’ leadership, Dillard has enjoyed a winning tradition. The Bleu Devils earned their first national title in program history when the men’s track and field 4x100 relay team won the 2021 NAIA national title. Dillard’s teams have made four national championship tournament appearances, they have won nine GCAC championships and the University won the GCAC’s Thomas Howell Cup for the first time. Dillard has produced 55 NAIA All-Americans, and coaches have won GCAC Coach of the Year honors a combined six times.
We’re not interested in dropping off. We’re looking for the next AD to build on a great foundation to produce even greater numbers of winners, both off and on the court. A new president will select the new athletic director, and we want to recruit the best candidates for their first major hire.
The Athletic Director provides leadership and administrative direction and oversight for all intercollegiate athletic programs. The Athletic Director is also responsible for maintaining an athletic program that stresses the scholar-athlete concept. The Athletic Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, national, conference, and university regulations, in accordance with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), and Dillard University standards.
Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately; start date is negotiable but available July 1, 2022. To apply:
Dillard University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Individuals who require reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in the search process should notify the Office of Human Resources.
Four-year private liberal arts HBCU and member of the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ
Louisiana's first HBCU, born from the union of Straight College and New Orleans University
22 majors and 2 certificate programs
Average class size | 18
Student-to-faculty ratio | 14:1
33 states and 12 countries represented in the student body
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)