CLEVELAND – The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) is thrilled to announce Ursula Gurney, deputy director of athletics/SWA at University of Missouri-Kansas City as 1st Vice President and Ashton Henderson, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development at Florida State University as 2nd Vice Presidents under N4A’s new organizational structure.
The new structure increased the N4A Executive Committee from three (3) to four (4) members and changed the title of the President-Elect to 1st Vice President. The addition of the 2nd Vice President allows for flexibility and consistency within the Association’s leadership and aligns with the majority of other affiliate associations under the NACDA umbrella. Additionally, the Vice President positions will work to heighten the quality of the services provided for the membership.
“This was a historic election year for N4A. Not only did we have two open positions due to our newly-adopted organizational structure, but an unprecedented six candidates ran for positions on the Executive Committee. Congratulations to both Ursula and Ashton!” stated Mike Meade, N4A Immediate Past President and senior associate AD at the University of Oklahoma. “Our new 1st Vice President, Ursula brings a wealth of previous experience on the Board of Directors and has been instrumental in the recent development of the new strategic plan for the Association. Additionally, as our newly-elected 2nd Vice President, Ashton has increased active member engagement and expanded relevant programming in his role on the Board as Division Director for Student-Athlete Development. President Denise Poole and I look forward to serving on the Executive Committee with both Ursula and Ashton as we usher in our new organizational structure and strategic plan,” he concluded.
1st Vice President – Ursula Gurney
In her current role, Gurney oversees the areas of academics, compliance, sports medicine, sports performance, and is the primary liaison with UMKC Offices of Admissions, Registration and Records and Residential Life. In addition, Gurney serves as a deputy Title IX officer and has oversight of ten of UMKC’s sixteen programs. She has served on N4A’s Board of Directors since 2012, and is a current member of N4A’s Strategic Planning Committee. The 2015, N4A Lan Hewlett Award recipient, she currently serves on the NCAA Committee on Academics, and the WAC Academic and Governance Committee. She is a graduate of Women Leaders 2012 Leadership Enhancement Institute (LEI), the 2010 West Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA), and a 2009 graduate of the N4A’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) Leader/Manager Track.
2nd Vice President – Ashton Henderson
While he served as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University, his alma mater, he developed and administered a freshman mentoring program for Spartan football; “Keeping It Real Mondays.” The program was designed to help freshmen football players get acclimated to college as well as teach essential life skills. Prior to his tenure at Florida State University, Henderson served as an associate director of football academic services at Clemson. Ashton has served on the N4A Board of Directors since 2017 and has been extremely engaged in the Association since 2012 participating and serving in a variety of roles including N4A Convention Workshop presenter, Professional Promise Award recipient and PDI graduate.
About N4A: N4A, which has been in existence since 1975, is a diverse educational service and professional non-profit organization. Membership of N4A includes academic support and student services personnel who are committed to enhancing opportunities for academic, athletics and personal success for student-athletes. For more information on N4A, visit www.nfoura.org. N4A is administered by NACDA, now in its 55th year, administers 17 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.