— University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Athletics Director Lynn Hickey announced Monday that Dr. Tamica Smith-Jones will serve as Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), effective August 1.
Smith-Jones has led Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) Athletics Department since 2008. She was appointed liaison to the Office of the President in January 2008, then was promoted to interim director of athletics in December of that year before being named director of athletics in January 2010.
Under her leadership, the Panthers captured seven Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championships, including the first men’s basketball title in 46 years and the first-ever women’s cross country and volleyball crowns. Smith-Jones also played a vital role in securing funding for numerous projects on campus, including new field turf for the football stadium, a pair of weight room upgrades and a football facility renovation. She established Clark Atlanta’s Athletics Annual Giving Fund in 2008 and instituted several new opportunities for student-athlete participation and staff development.
Smith-Jones was featured in the Diverse Issues in Higher Ed Magazine in March 2013 for bringing heightened attention toward student-athlete well being and establishing a successful academic support program at Clark Atlanta. Her initiatives included “Grades First Software,” which helped to enhance the student-athlete experience and academic success.
CAU President Carlton E. Brown said, “Dr. Tamica Smith-Jones has grown an athletics program that aligns with my institutional orientation on improving academics and emphasizing character and service. We are well-positioned to continue moving forward, and wish her the very best as she enters this exciting, new chapter of her career.”