Meredith College Head Volleyball Coach Fiona Barkley will leave her current position to take on a new role as assistant athletic director for advancement and external relations beginning August 1, 2017.
“I am thrilled that I have an opportunity to stay at Meredith,” said Barkley. “In my new role I can continue to make an impact at Meredith, one that will enhance the experience of all student-athletes.”
Barkley will lead efforts to raise funds specifically for Meredith athletics. She will identify and cultivate new and existing alumnae, as well as parents, corporate sponsors, and other donors in order to enhance the athletic experience for Meredith’s diverse student-athletes. She will also oversee multiple revenue sources, including the Annual Golf Classic, the Avenging Angels Club, the online athletics store, and athletic facility rentals.
This new position was made possible thanks to the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant which funds full-time, mid- to senior-level athletics administration positions during a five-year commitment. The grant is part of the NCAA’s efforts to provide grant funding to member institutions committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in athletics administration.
Meredith was awarded the NCAA Strategic Alliance Matching Grant for the second time. The College received the first grant in 2006 to enhance an existing position to a full-time administration role.
Barkley recently completed a Master of Business Administration with a sports administration focus from Lynn University in an effort to advance her career in athletics.