MC receives NCAA grant, Bryan joins staff as associate athletics director
July 23, 2014
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded a grant to Maryville College that will fund a new position in the College’s athletics department and advancement office.
The Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant (Division III SAMG) “provides funding for either the creation of new, or the enhancement of, current full-time, senior-level administrative positions at Division III institutions and conference offices to encourage access, recruitment, selection and the long-term success of ethnic minorities and women,” according to the NCAA’s website.
In order to receive grant funding, recipients must make a five-year commitment. The NCAA provides partial funding for the first three years of the grant, and the school must propose how it will provide the additional funding requirements for not only the first three years of the grant but also how it will fully fund the position for an additional two years following funding from the NCAA.
In applying for the grant, Maryville College proposed the creation of an associate athletics director position that would report to the College’s athletics department and advancement office. Maryville College is among several colleges and conference offices that were awarded the grant this year, including Augsburg College, the Liberty League, the North Atlantic Conference, Skidmore College, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Wellesley College.
Bryan named associate athletics director
Heather Mathis Bryan, a 2006 Maryville College alumna, was recently named associate athletics director in Maryville College’s athletics department. She began her duties at the College on July 21.
As associate athletics director, Bryan will assist Kandis Schram, the College’s director of athletics, in carrying out all assigned and auxiliary duties pertaining to the administration of the Maryville College athletics and intramurals departments. She will coordinate all aspects of the athletics department’s compliance efforts for its 14 varsity sports and more than 350 student-athletes within Maryville College, the USA South Athletic Conference and NCAA guidelines. She will assist with contract administration, policies and procedures, USA South conference scheduling and the championship bidding process.
Bryan is already familiar with Maryville College athletics and the student-athlete experience at MC; as a student, she played soccer for all four years under Head Coach Pepe Fernandez.
Bryan will also work closely with the College’s advancement office, serving as a development officer specifically focused on increasing revenue for the athletics department through planned giving, annual giving, capital gifts, grants and corporate sponsorships.
“We are happy to have Heather on board,” said Suzy Booker, vice president for institutional advancement at Maryville College. “I believe she can help us focus and capitalize on some great opportunities for athletic development at Maryville College.”
Bryan comes to the College with experience in higher education fundraising and the NCAA. Most recently, she was the assistant director of development at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law, where she worked with campaign fundraising and major gifts. She was also a regional advancement officer at Maryville College, and she was the director of Pfeiffer University’s Falcon Club, which provides athletic scholarships for student-athletes. In 2007 and 2008, she was a governance intern with the NCAA in Indianapolis, Ind.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Maryville College, and she earned a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee’s College of Law.
“I am very excited for this opportunity,” Schram said. “Heather’s experience with Maryville College, the NCAA national office and, most recently, the University of Tennessee, makes her uniquely qualified for this position.”
By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2015 semester was 1,213.