The Springfield College Athletic Administration Graduate Program hosted its annual leadership series for the spring semester featuring opportunities for students within the National Junior College Athletic Association on Wednesday, in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room located in the Flynn Campus Union.
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Chief Executive Office and President Christopher J. Parker was the keynote speaker. Parker brought his experience to the campus and highlighted current trends in the organization and career paths in athletics at this higher education level.
Parker is responsible for all oversight of the country’s second-largest athletic association. He is charged with leading all aspects of the association and its 512 member colleges, while enhancing the opportunities for student-athletes and member institutions. His daily duties include providing leadership in membership growth, financial stability, and organizational growth.
- Key initiatives and leadership approach at the national level
- Career opportunities in junior college athletics
- Unique recruiting challenges in the NCAA
- Differences between junior college and community college athletic programs
- The emergence of eSports at the junior college level
Launched in the spring of 2011, the Athletic Administration Leadership Series is held each semester and alternates a focus between high school and intercollegiate athletics.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.