A New Era For The Panthers

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: January 8, 2010

ATLANTA — Dr. Tamica Smith Jones, a native of Atlanta, Georgia was appointed Liaison to the Office of the President for Athletics in January 2008 after serving in the role of Senior Woman Administrator/Compliance since her arrival to CAU in 2002.

In December 2008, she was promoted to Interim Director of Athletics. She accepted the President’s confirmation to serve the University as the Director of Athletics, effective January 4, 20 10 .

Jones oversees 11 intercollegiate sports teams (six women’s teams and five men’s teams) more than 200 student-athletes and 30 staff members. During her leadership, the Panthers have demonstrated immediate success in the classroom, community, and on the playing fields.

It has been noted that retention and graduation rates have steadily been on the rise. Partnerships have been established throughout the metro-Atlanta community, which has increased community engagement (CAU received a 2008 NCAA Community Engagement Award), enhanced the student-athlete and game day experiences, and improved facilities through sponsorship programs.

Student-Athlete leadership has soared through graduate assistantships and the emergent Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In the Spring 2008, the Women’s Tennis team was crowned SIAC Champions.

In Fall 2008, Football recorded its first winning season since 1978 (6-5). The 2008-09 Men’s Basketball had its first consecutive winning season in 20 years (2007-08 and 2008-09).

The Women’s Basketball team was the 2008-09 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship Runner-ups, receiving the sixth seed in the NCAA Division II Regional Championships.

And in October 2009, the University won its first ever Women’s Cross Country Conference Championship. Notably, several CAU student-athletes and staff members have received Conference and National recognition throughout the program.

Jones is a member of several professional organizations such as National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (since 2001) and a graduate of the NACWAA/HERS Institute (2006); National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and National Association for Athletics Compliance.

She has served as the SIAC SWA chair and Regional Committee designee for volleyball, presented for NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Continuing Education, facilitated at the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Orientation and participated in the NCAA Division II Leadership Action Academy.

Her recent and most distinguished achievements include the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Females (Class of 2007), a two-year appointment to serve on the NCAA Committee for Women’s Athletics, the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Committee, and Postgraduate Scholarship Committee. Jones was also asked to serve as a panelist at the 2010 NCAA Convention’s Leadership Session.

Prior to her arrival at CAU, Jones served as Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator, along with several coaching assignments at Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA (1999-2002).

She began her career in intercollegiate athletic administration at Savannah State University, where she was appointed interim head women’s volleyball and basketball coach, while obtaining her Master’s Degree (1997-1999).

Jones earned her B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Alabama A&M University in 1997, Master’s of Public Administration Degree from Savannah State University in 1999, and her Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University in 2005.

As an author (2006 self-published autobiography “A Ball and A Dream”), philanthropist, motivational speaker, life skills coach, business professional, and consultant, Jones, is a spirit-filled enthusiast who enjoys supporting student-athletes in their pursuit of higher education.

Dr. Jones is married to T’Michael Jones, a graduate of Morris Brown College. They are the parents of two children, T’Micah Jordan and T’Miyah Jourdan.