November 15, 2018
Henderson Named Assistant Athletic Director For Student-Athlete Development

Tallahassee, FLA. – Florida State athletics has announced the promotion of Ashton Henderson to Assistant Athletic Director overseeing the newly re-named department for Student-Athlete Development. Henderson has been with FSU athletics since January of 2015 and

“Ashton, a rising star on the national student-athlete development scene through his position as N4A Division Director for Student-Athlete Development, brings his considerable talents to bear on the same mission at FSU,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director/Associate Dean Dr. Greg Beaumont. “In his new position as Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Student-Athlete Development at FSU, Ashton brings additional national attention to a program already known for its excellence.”

Henderson rejoined the Florida State University Athletic Department in January 2015 as a Senior Academic Advisor/Student-Athlete Development Coordinator. Henderson previously served as an Academic Advisor for the football and track & field teams at Florida State University during the 2012-2013 academic years for Student-Athlete Academic Services. Henderson was named the Associate Director of Football Advising in August of 2016.

“With the addition of Ashton to lead our Student-Athlete Development staff, we have one of the most talented staffs in the country working to develop our student-athletes’ personal, career and leadership skills,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA Vanessa Fuchs. “He and his staff hit the ground running by rebranding the vision for our Student-Athlete Development programming and he’s already implemented some new events.  I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with him.”

Henderson served as an Associate Director of Football Academic Services at Clemson. He worked with the offensive side of the ball from (2013-2015).  Henderson also served on various diversity committees and worked closely with campus stakeholders, to ensure the university was inclusive for everyone. While he was a Graduate Assistant at Michigan State University, he developed and administered a freshman mentoring program for football players called “Keeping It Real Mondays.” This program was designed to help freshmen football players get acclimated to college as well as teach essential life skills.

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Henderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Michigan State University in 2010. He was a four year letterman playing cornerback for the Michigan State football team. Henderson returned a blocked punt 33 yards for a touchdown vs. Northwestern to help fuel the greatest comeback in NCAA Division I-A history as the Spartans rallied from a 35 point deficit for a 41-38 victory in 2006. In 2012 he earned his Master’s degree in Public Relations from Michigan State University.

Ashton is married to Attorney Jasmyne Henderson and currently serves as the acting chair of the Ethic Concerns Committee for the National Association for Athletic Academic Advisors (N4A). Henderson is an active member of Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee.

Certifications/Presentations

N4A Board of Directors (2017-2019)
N4A Professional Development Institute Faculty – Student-Athlete Development Track
2017 NCAA Mental Health Task Force
SWA Mentoring Mentoring/Mentee Program Recipient (2017-2018)
N4A Division Director/ Student-Athlete Development
N4A Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “Managing Generational Differences” (2018)
N4A Model Practice Winner Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “LYFE Beyond the Spear” (2018)
Florida State University Diversity & Inclusion Certificate (2017)
N4A Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “It Takes A Village: Learning Specialist and Advisor Collaboration in Football Academics” (2016)
N4A Concurrent Workshop Presenter – “Best Practices for Successful Advising for African American Student-Athletes” (2016)
N4A Professional Promise Award Recipient (2015)
N4A Professional Development Institute Graduate – New Practitioner Track (2013)
N4A Individual Academic Advising Credential (2012)

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