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ACSA's Fingers to Attend NCAA Leadership Institute

ACSA's Fingers to Attend NCAA Leadership Institute

BATON ROUGE – Learning Specialist Dr. Earnie Fingers, recent addition to the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes, has been selected to attend the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute, set to take place at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from July 28 to Aug. 3.

“Being invited to attend the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute is an honor and a tremendous opportunity,” Fingers said. “Participating in the Institute will allow me to enhance my skills as a leader, while also assisting in my growth as an aspiring professional in intercollegiate athletics.  Even more importantly, I will learn how to increase my impact as a team player within the Cox Academic Center for Student-Athletes and throughout the LSU campus community.”

It marks the third time in four years that LSU’s ACSA has set a member of its staff to the NCAA Leadership Institute. Fingers follows in the footsteps of former colleague Derek Cowherd [2009], now the Senior Associate AD for Academic Support at Ole Miss along with Assistant Director Ericka Lavender [2010]. Carole Walker was a member of inaugural female class for the NCAA Leadership Institute in 2006.

“We are really excited about Dr. Fingers’ acceptance to the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute,” ACSA’s Senior Associate Director for Student Learning Dr. Audrey Phillips said. “This unique opportunity for continued professional development, combined with his education and experience will serve to strengthen our staff’s collective ability to better serve our student-athletes.   We look forward to Dr. Fingers’ continued leadership and service with the Academic Center for Student Athletes at Louisiana State University.”

Prior to his career at LSU, Fingers received a Ph. D. in Educational Administration from Michigan State, where he also assisted in the development of the First Year Freshman Experience program.