Georgia Tech hires Agnes Scott administrator as associate athletics director

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 20, 2016
Looking across the quad at Agnes Scott College. Photo by Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Scott_College#mediaviewer/File:Agnes_Scott_College_-_Across_the_quad.jpg

Looking across the quad at Agnes Scott College. Photo by Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Scott_College#mediaviewer/File:Agnes_Scott_College_-_Across_the_quad.jpg

Georgia Tech has hired Joeleen Akin as its associate athletics director for student-athlete development and senior woman administrator.

Akin has spent the last 13 years at Agnes Scott in Decatur. She most recently served as Agnes Scott’s associate dean for athletics and student activities, but prior to that spent 12 years as the school’s athletics director.

According to a press release from Georgia Tech, it’s a homecoming for Akin. Before joining Agnes Scott, she was director of Tech’s women’s basketball operations from 1996 to 1998, marketing and operations manager from 1998 to 1999 and director of marketing from 1999 to 2003.

The press release says that under Akin’s tenure as Athletics Director, Agnes Scott had eight NCAA tournament teams and 12 coach-of-the-year honors. Student athletes at Agnes Scott had a cumulative 3.0 GPA, the press release says.

“Administratively, she developed a unique revenue-generation model that resulted in a 200-percent increase in the school’s athletics budget and partnered with a national franchise Snap Fitness to bring a state-of-the-art fitness facility to campus at no cost to the college,” the press release says of her time at Agnes Scott. “She also coordinated with the school’s communications department to create the now-trademarked tagline ‘Smart Women Sweat’ to promote the Scotties’ athletics programs.”

Akin said she is “thrilled” to return to Tech.

“While opportunities and life changes took me elsewhere 13 years ago, my passion for Georgia Tech never wavered,” she said in the press release. “It feels good to be home.”

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