Marqus Hunter was tabbed to become the new Associate Athletic Director for Ursinus College this Summer.
Hunter spent the last three years working at Columbia University in student-athlete enrichment services as an associate for the first two years and then being promoted to assistant director of the program for 2017-18.
He spent the four previous years at Muhlenberg College serving in various roles, including athletic administration intern, multicultural program director, assistant basketball coach, and assistant to the athletic director, so he has familiarity with the Centennial Conference.
The new hire is also 2009 graduate of Misericordia Universiy, where he played basketball all four years for the Cougars.
He earned a master’s in organizational management with a specialization in human resources while working as a graduate interen in the athletic department at Misericordia.
Hunter has established that he places an emphasis on the future of student-athletes. While at Columbia, he was a part of the administrative team that set out to provide career development and networkinng programming for the student-athletes.
He plans to carry over his hopes for the future of student-athletes as he joins the team at Ursinus. His focus appears to be inclusive of the student body as a whole, as Hunter was even spotted sitting in on resident advisor training.
As the new Associate Athletic Director, Hunter, has made it his priority to ramp up the Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) program on campus.
The program aims to teach student athletes five habits that will help them become successful leaders on and off the playing field.
The 5 core values are: knowing your strengths, actively listening, handling conflicts professionally, seeking out opportunity to receive constructive feedback, and valuing diversity and prioritizing inclusion.
Hunter has added a new piece to this program in which staff members will be assigned to each of the emerging leaders as a mentor.
Leaders and mentors will meet once a month in a casual manner to discuss the program and how participants can actively apply these five habits on a regular basis. Previously, the program was designed to be focused on three workshops throughout the year, and this change is intended to keep leaders engaged and the habits fresh in their minds.
Applications to participate in the program will be sent out to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the coming weeks and are also accessible online with the help of Andy Edwards, the Director of Athletic Communications.
“Its real simple… short application”, Hunter said.
In addition to basic background information of the student-athlete, the application also requires a 150-word response to the open-ended question of why you should be chosen to be an emerging leader.
Hunter expressed how this is a great opportunity to learn skills essential to life past college. He talked about how the impact of these values will carry you into anything that you run into down the road. They will also help you within your organization on campus by providing strategies on how to approach different obstacles and adversities throughout your season.
Are YOU ready to become the next emerging leader on your team, in your class, and at Ursinus?