SoCon announces Racial Equity and Justice Task Force
SoCon announces Racial Equity and Justice Task Force
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

15-member panel includes campus and athletics administrators, coaches and student-athletes

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Conference Commissioner Jim Schaus announced Tuesday the formation of a Racial Equity and Justice Task Force to counsel the league by identifying concepts and developing actionable items that can be used by all conference member schools regarding improving racial equity and social justice. The 15-member panel is composed of a racially diverse blend of student-athletes, coaches, campus administrators and athletics department staff members, with at least one representative from each of the league’s 10 full member schools.
Samford Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives for Athletics JeNorri Armstead serves as chair of the task force.
“There is a critical and timely need for exploring this subject,” Schaus said. “Much has been learned through the initial discussions. The task force seeks to identify practical ways to foster awareness and promote education that can make a difference. I am excited to see how it all progresses.”
The task force’s main tenets to explore are:
- Promoting diversity
- Education
- Support for key constituents
- Awareness
- Marketing
The task force will meet regularly and will seek input from constituents on SoCon campuses and will aim to engage in conversations with student-athletes on these focus areas, including raising awareness about mental health. The committee is also supporting the NCAA and SoCon SAAC’s voting initiatives social media campaign and each SAAC’s on-campus efforts.
Southern Conference Racial Equity and Justice Task Force members

Name Institution Position Title
Kathy Kroupa The Citadel SWA/Sr. Associate AD
Scott Carter ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Kay Lennon McGrew ETSU Assistant Legal Counsel
Jackie Carson Furman Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Brian Gerrity  Mercer Sr. Associate AD, Executive Director Mercer Athletic Foundation
Kristin Rusboldt UNCG Assoc. AD/SA Services/Diversity & Intercultural Engagement
Tori Powell  UNCG Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete
JeNorri Armstead (chair) Samford Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives for Athletics
Denise Gregory Samford FAR/Asst. Provost for Diversity & Intercultural Initiatives
Ken Jones Chattanooga Associate AD, Compliance
Lamont Paris Chattanooga Men’s Basketball Coach
Jordan Ward VMI Football Student-Athlete
Stacey Miller Western Carolina SWA/Associate AD
Alex Gary Western Carolina Director of Athletics
Jameica Hill Wofford FAR/Professor, Chair of Chemistry Department