Agnes Scott College Announces New Director of Athletics


henderson-headshot.jpegAtlanta, Ga.—Agnes Scott College, President Leocadia Zak and Vice President for Student Affairs Karen Goff are pleased to announce the appointment of the college’s next Director of Athletics, Dr. Markesha M. Henderson, effective January 13.

Henderson joins the department after serving as the associate professor of Business Administration and the director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning and Engagement at Clark Atlanta University. In that role, Henderson supported faculty in developing a more engaging and immersive learning experience for the student body.

“I am extremely thrilled that Dr. Markesha Henderson will be the next director of athletics for Agnes Scott College,” said Goff. “Markesha emerged from a pool of competitive candidates with a holistic philosophy of collegiate athletics as an integral part of the overall student experience. Her energy and passion for student-athlete development is contagious.”

“The opportunity to contribute to the culture of innovation at Agnes Scott is truly a privilege and I am excited for sport and physical education to become one of the highlights of the Scottie experience,” stated Henderson. “The student-athletes are the heartbeat of the athletics program and I am eager to lead a department committed to approaching academic, athletic and professional goals with a champion’s mindset.”

Henderson is no stranger to collegiate athletics. A former NCAA All-American and national champion in track at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Henderson served in a variety of roles at the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) following graduation.

Prior to her most recent appointment at Clark Atlanta University, Henderson played a pivotal role in planning the undergraduate and graduate sports management curriculum at the University of West Georgia. Under Henderson’s watch, UWG saw marked growth in enrollment within the programs and received the College of Education Program of the Year honor.

 “I am excited to welcome Dr. Markesha Henderson to the Agnes Scott community to lead our athletics programs,” added Zak. “As a sports scholar-practitioner, Dr. Henderson brings a breadth of experience to the role and is well poised to lead our Scotties to excel both academically and athletically. Dr. Henderson will undoubtedly add great value to the continued growth and development of our athletics program.”

“Dr. Henderson’s role as former faculty uniquely positions her to lead and elevate ASC Athletics to new heights, especially as we continue to ensure the SUMMIT curriculum and co-curriculum is integrated into all aspects of the students’ experience, of which athletics plays an essential role,” Goff continued. “A former collegiate student-athlete, Markesha understands what it means to excel inside and outside the classroom.”

Henderson is no stranger to Agnes Scott College, having served as a graduate assistant in the office of Career Planning and Development while completing her dissertation research on the career transition experiences of female student-athletes.

In 2013, Henderson earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University and holds a Master’s of Science in Sport Administration from Georgia State University.

“With a strong commitment to excellence, Markesha will be a wonderful champion and ambassador for Agnes Scott Athletics, an essential campus and community partner, I am looking forward to working with her,” added Goff.

When discussing her vision for the future of Agnes Scott Athletics, Henderson added, “sport and recreation provide a bridge for people with different backgrounds and experiences to find commonality. I am in a unique position to build and facilitate relationships across campus and in the Atlanta community. I envision that our athletic contests will become a space for Scotties and Scottie-supporters to assemble and a resource for reinforcing institutional pride.”

Agnes Scott’s 12-member search committee, co-chaired by Vice President Alexa Gaeta and Tomiko Jenkins, senior associate dean of students, included faculty, staff and students from across campus.

The national search for the position of Director of Athletics was facilitated by Spelman Johnson, a firm specializing in finding leaders in higher education. 

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.