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Dr. Denisha Hendricks Named Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation at Keene State

Keene State Interim Athletic Director Dr. Denisha Hendricks

Release Courtesey of Keene State College Athletics

KEENE, N.H.--Dr. Denisha L. Hendricks, has been named interim director of athletics and recreation at Keene State College, effective August 1, 2018. Hendricks takes over the reins of the department on an interim basis following the resignation of Dr. Kristene Kelly, who had held the post since June 2016.

"Dr. Hendricks is a seasoned athletics administrator and leader in the field," said Dr. Kemal Atkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. "I am delighted that she will join our team and continue our momentum and the progress we've made over the last two years under Kristene Kelly. Her commitment to student athlete development will serve KSC well during this period of transition."
Hendricks is a veteran collegiate athletics administrator who most recently served as the Executive Director of the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County and continues to serve as a senior associate with the athletics executive search firm Beverly & Associates. Her storied collegiate athletics administration career included stops at Johnson C. Smith University (2005-2009) where she served as assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator, director of athletics at Kentucky State University (2009-2014) as well as associate vice president/director of athletics at Chicago State University (2014-2016).
"I am so excited to officially join the Keene State College family," remarked Hendricks. "I lookforward to continued forward progress of this department while helping to bring the mission to fruition. I appreciate the opportunity to assist in the transition as KSC searches for a permanent leader to fill such a critical role."
A 2000 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in physical education/athletic training, Hendricks earned both a master's and doctorate in higher education administration from Auburn University in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Her dissertation was entitled The Relationship of Hope and Self-efficacy to Health Promoting Behaviors among Student-Athletes Attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2007, Dr. Hendricks graduated from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Females. She has to her credit numerous, local, state, regional, and national presentations and several publications that include, refereed journal articles, quantitative instruments, and health promotion training manuals.
Dr. Hendricks is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and is an active diamond life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is the daughter of Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks, Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Tuskegee University and Mr. James L. Hendricks, Jr. retired Band Director with the Birmingham City Board of Education.
Keene State will conduct a national search for a permanent athletic director to oversee the 18-sport department. Dr. Hendricks will not be a candidate for the permanent position.