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Women Leaders Podcast


Jan 7, 2018

We are excited for you to listen to Patti Phillips’ chat with Etienne Thomas, the associate athletics director of student life at The University of Kansas. Etienne joined KU in the summer of 2017 after nearly a decade at her alma mater, North Carolina Central University. We couldn’t be more grateful that she is now just down the road from us in Lawrence, Kansas!

Etienne started her athletics career in compliance as an intern at the University of Iowa, and as a full-time administrator at Howard University, Saint Paul’s College, and North Carolina Central. While at NCCU, a Division II HBCU, the institution transitioned to a Division I-FCS, which is huge and helped pave the way for her current position as an administrator at a Power Five institution!

I was left so inspired by how Etienne describes the impact many women made on her life—from her mother, who pursued her collegiate degree at Luther College, to her mentor, Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree, the current Director of Athletics at North Carolina Central University, to the student-athletes she has worked with who “become your historians,” she says. We love that!

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