Bowie State University President Dr. Mickey L. Burnim has announced the appointment of Ms. Donna Polk, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator, as the interim director of intercollegiate athletics following the departure of AD Anton Goff. She will assume that role effective July 12. Ms. Polk is well qualified to lead the Athletics Department until a permanent director is named, having demonstrated effective leadership and a commitment to the university’s intercollegiate athletics programs.
She has served as associate athletics director and senior woman administrator since 2011, assisting with the department’s day-to-day business operations. In that role, she has provided oversight for compliance, student services, sports medicine, sports information, women’s volleyball, softball and the men’s and women’s track and field programs.
Before taking over as full-time associate athletics director, Ms. Polk served as head women’s basketball coach and associate athletics director from 2008-2011. As head coach, she compiled a 55-29 record and led the Lady Bulldogs to Central Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (CIAA) finals appearances in 2009 and 2010. She joined Bowie State University in 2005 as associate athletics director for operations.
Ms. Polk currently serves as chair of the CIAA’s Senior Woman Administrators Association. She is also a member of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, National Association of Athletics Compliance, and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in counseling psychology from Columbia Union College and a Master of Arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.