Getting to Kneaux: Rachel Herrington
Written by Andrea Galea, LSU Athletics Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes hired Rachel Herrington as a learning specialist at the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester and she is quickly getting settled in to her role at LSU.
Herrington comes to LSU as an undergraduate alumna from the class of 2011. She also received her master’s degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development at LSU in December 2016. In her role with the CCACSA, Herrington will provide educational support to student-athletes and assist in the overall management and planning of the Center’s Tutorial Program.
“I am thrilled to be back at LSU serving on the CCACSA team, since it is a community I am passionate about,” Herrington said. “At CCACSA, we bridge athletics and academics to serve as an advocate for the student-athletes. Not only are we an academic resource, but we provide them with essential life skills. The work we do demonstrates that it is a village behind these student-athletes.”
A native of Louisiana, Herrington worked in various parts of the state as an elementary school and high school teacher, university admissions and recruiting specialist and human resource information systems coordinator. As an admissions and recruiting specialist at Our Lady of the Lake College, she counseled incoming students about degree programs and areas of interest, implemented a comprehensive recruiting strategy, and organized new student orientation sessions.
While working for a corporation, Herrington gained a systems-oriented mindset, which developed her analytical and communication skills. As a human resources information systems (HRIS) coordinator, she oversaw technology projects and conducted training of HR staff members. Herrington also evaluated and designed company HRIS training systems and databases.
During her time in secondary education, Herrington facilitated instruction and support for students while adhering to Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum standards. She participated as a member of several committees and mentorship programs encouraging a positive school climate and the transition to higher education.
“Rachel is a fantastic addition to our CCACSA team and has lived up to the high expectations she has set,” Brad Jones, LSU Academic Center Manager of Student Support Services and Math Specialist said. “Her diverse background with experience in both secondary and higher education as well as a corporate environment stuck out to our team. Rachel’s skillset brings a perfect blend for her role in supporting the student-athletes and tutorial program. She can move us forward and lift our ship by contributing significantly to our CCACSA Tutorial Training Program.”