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Kiki Baker Barnes

People to Watch Class of 2014


Athletic Director, Dillard University

As Athletic Director of Dillard University, Kiki Baker Barnes “provides strategic leadership, administrative direction and oversight of all intercollegiate programs.”

In addition, she strives to maintain an athletic program that stresses the scholar-athlete, while fundraising and managing the budget and personnel.

“I do what I do because I enjoy helping others become successful, especially students,” she says. She enjoys, “watching both my staff and students develop their potential.”

This year she’s looking forward to seeing Dillard’s team win championships, as well as putting on a successful Gulf Coast Athletic Conference – of which she is the first black female president  – Basketball and Track tournament. She was also named GCAC’s Athletic Director of the year in both 2013 and ’11.

“My greatest accomplishments,” she says, “are seeing students and young professionals that I mentor succeed.”

In addition to her directorship duties, she’s currently completing her Ph.D., learning to play the electric bass guitar and starting her own speaking and consulting business.

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