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Setting A New Direction: Grand Valley State’s Becker & WashU’s Azama

Guest Keri Becker, Grand Valley State; Anthony Azama, WashU; Shamaree Brown, ACC
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Directors of Athletics, Keri Becker of Grand Valley State and Anthony Azama of Washington University of St. Louis, sit down with Shamaree Brown, Director of Student-Athlete Programs & Compliance at the ACC, to discuss taking over a successful athletics department. Moderated by Brown, Becker and Azama talk about the pressures of living up to winning expectations, establishing a new vision as a leader, evolving as a leader, and measuring success in the chair.



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  • - How did you prepare yourself to take over a successful athletics program?
  • - How did you deal with the pressure to live up to expectations of your predecessor?
  • - What strategies have you used to share your vision when you became the AD?
  • - How has your leadership style evolved since becoming an AD?
  • - Thoughts on culture
  • - What does success look like for your respective institutions?