Two African Americans Appointed Athletic Directors at HBCUs

Etienne M. Thomas was named director of athletics at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. Since 2017, she has served as associate director of athletics for student life at the University of Kansas. Earlier she was an athletics administrator for eight years at North Carolina Central University, rising to the rank of senior associate athletics director for internal operations/senior woman administrator.

Thomas is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she majored in political science. She is studying for a master of athletic administration degree at North Carolina Central University and has completed coursework for a juris doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Law.

George L. Bright is the new director of athletics at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He has been serving as director of athletics and recreation at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Earlier, Bright was associate director of athletics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Bright is a graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he majored in music performance. He holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from South Carolina State University and is studying for a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.


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