Department Of Athletics Announces New Administrators

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UAM Sports Information

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s Department of Athletics has added Alexandra Graves and Becky Phillips to its administrative staff.

Graves comes to Monticello as UAM’s new Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Academic Services. She will also serve as the department’s senior woman administrator. Phillips, an assistant professor in the UAM School of Business, has been named the new Faculty Athletic Representative.

tv Sports reflection 10dbGraves began her new role at UAM in November. She came to UAM from Indiana, where she was on staff at Purdue University as an academic support specialist for student-athletes and a teaching assistant for the Health and Kinesiology department. Most recently she was an assistant girls soccer coach at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana.

“We are excited to have Alexandra on staff at UAM,” said Director of Athletics Chris Ratcliff. “She has experience in several different fields and will continue to provide assistance to UAM student-athletes both in athletic competition and in the classroom. She has hit the ground running since she has been a part of the UAM family, and I know she will do great things for our student-athletes and coaches.”

In her role as an academic support specialist, Graves guided Purdue student-athletes through different methods of research and familiarized student-athletes with the available resources and information available to them both on campus and online.

As a teaching assistant, she instructed on topics related to healthy lifestyles, stress management and physiology. During her graduate studies, Graves’ primary focus was Title IX and women in sport. She constructed a master’s research project focusing on the perceptions of women in athletics, comparing the views of the general public and those working within athletics.

In addition to her stint with Lake Central High School’s soccer program, Graves also served as a coach for the Indiana Magic Premier soccer program, served as her sorority’s intramural chair and was a customer service and recreation intern for the Munster, Indiana Parks Department.

Graves earned two degrees from Purdue University – a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision in December of 2011, and a master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Management in May of 2014.

Phillips replaces Dr. Betty Matthews, who had served as UAM’s FAR since 2006. “We couldn’t have been more pleased with the support Dr. Matthews gave our department over the past seven years,” said Ratcliff. “We have nothing but best wishes for Dr. Matthews and her family. I know the entire UAM community misses her presence and her commitment to the success of students and student-athletes. I can speak for everyone in the athletic department in saying we echo that feeling.”

Phillips began teaching at UAM in 2007 after serving as a certified public accountant and chartered global manufacturing accountant for PE Barnes Lumber Company in Hamburg and Maxwell Hardwood Flooring in Monticello.

Phillips is currently the faculty sponsor for the UAM student-run organization, Institute of Management Accountants, as well as a member of the board of directors for the UAM Sports Association. Her primary duties as UAM’s FAR include ensuring a quality student-athlete experience and well-being, ensuring the academic integrity of the athletics program and ensuring institutional control of the athletics program.

“I am excited to announce our new Faculty Athletics Representative, Becky Phillips,” said Ratcliff. “As we continue to strive to become an NCAA model institution, hiring the right person for FAR was imperative. Ms. Phillips is that person. She has the respect from her peers on campus and has a strong understanding of NCAA compliance. I know she is going to do an outstanding job.”

Phillips and her husband, Keith, are avid UAM athletics fans and rarely miss a game. She is a 1989 UAM graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and later earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from UALR in 1999.

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