KANSAS CITY, Mo. – CSU Bakersfield Deputy Athletics Director Dena Freeman-Patton has been selected by the Women Leaders in College Sports as the NCAA Division I (Non-Football) 2018 Administrator of the Year Award recipient.
The Administrator of the Year Award is presented to Women Leaders in College Sports members for significant contributions made as an administrator in intercollegiate athletics. The award recognizes administrative excellence and is presented annually to members in each NCAA division: Division I (FBS, FCS, and Non-Football), Division II, Division III, NAIA/NJCAA or Conference/Organization.
"I am honored to receive the Women Leaders in College Sports Administrator of the Year Award on behalf of CSUB," Freeman-Patton said. "I would like to thank the CSUB staff that nominated me. I hope to continue to inspire women and field, especially females of color to grow and excel in the field of athletics."
Freeman-Patton serves as sport administrator for women's basketball, men's soccer, softball, and men's and women's swimming and diving and oversees the areas of sports medicine, strength and conditioning and the Kegley Center for Student Success. She also launched and is the Director of the first-ever `Runner Varsity Club at Bakersfield.
Her reach goes beyond the job responsibilities of sport and student services supervision. Freeman-Patton led the efforts to secure a $870,000 NCAA Accelerated Academic Success Program grant that contributed to the opening of the new $1 million Kegley Center for Student Success. She also implemented the Student-Athlete Leadership Academy and International Student-Athlete Program.
Recipients will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Jostens Administrator of the Year Luncheon at the 2018 Women Leaders National Convention in Atlanta. Maria Taylor, college sports analyst and reporter for ESPN will emcee the event. The recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by the Women Leaders Awards Committee for their service during 2017-2018.