Campbell University Director of Athletics Omar Banks has been named to serve on the executive board of the Black AD Alliance. The group was formed following the national outcry for social justice reform in the United States.
The group of more than 50 athletics directors said it is “committed to promoting the growth, development and elevation of Black athletics administrators at the Division I level.”
The alliance and its co-chairs — Allen Greene of Auburn and Brandon Martin of Missouri-Kansas City — fills a void for minority representation in Division I athletics. Both the Black Coaches Association and National Association for Coaching Equity and Development have disappeared in recent years.
Banks, who was hired as Campbell’s director of athletics in June 2019, is one of 16 members of the Black AD Alliance Executive Board.
“I am incredibly honored to have this opportunity to serve on the Executive Committee,” said Banks. “My colleagues of the Black AD Alliance are some of the most esteemed leaders in our industry. To have been chosen to serve alongside such individuals as one of its leaders is a remarkable opportunity.”
In addition to Greene and Martin, the alliance’s executive committee is comprised of Banks (Campbell), Tim Duncan (New Orleans), Damon Evans (Maryland), Derrick Gragg (Tulsa), Martin Jarmond (UCLA), Candice Lee (Vanderbilt), Warde Manuel (Michigan), Bernard Muir (Stanford), Lee Reed (Georgetown), Ed Scott (Morgan State), Tamica Smith Jones (California-Riverside), Ingrid McCree (North Carolina Central) and Carla Williams (Virginia).