DENTON, Texas – Veteran Administrator Suzanne Dickenson has joined the UNT staff as the new Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services, Vice President and Director of Athletics baker’s wren announced Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to add someone of Suzanne’s caliber and credentials to lead our student-athlete academic services department,” Baker said. “She has a proven track record of mentorship and academic achievement, and I’m confident she will continue our mission to Building Champions and Preparing Leaders in the years to come.”
Dickenson comes to UNT after a 13-year tenure at Texas Tech where she most recently served as assistant athletic director for Red Raiders Academic Services. In her role, she assisted in the overall management of the Academic Services department, including overseeing the Learning Assistance Program, directing post-graduate internships, and mentoring Academic Athletic Advisors.
She was also a member of the Texas Tech Athletics senior management team, served as a secondary athletic supervisor, and served as the direct liaison to the NCAA champion men’s track and field program.
“I am beyond excited to join an already established athletic department that values and celebrates academic achievement with its student-athletes,” said Dickenson. “We will continue to provide high level services that will support the mission of our department of Building Champions and Preparing Leaders.”
Dickenson began her career at Texas Tech as a senior athletic academic advisor in 2008, was promoted to assistant director of athletic academic services in 2012, and was promoted again to director of athletic academic services in 2017. She was raised to the role of assistant AD in 2019.
After a stellar career on the track, she entered athletic administration in 2006 as Director of Athletic Academic Services at her alma mater Abilene Christian. She previously served as an assistant track coach for the Wildcats from 2001 to 2006, a span that included nine team national championships.
As a student-athlete at ACU, Dickenson helped the Wildcats win four national championships from 1998 to 1999. She later raced professionally and competed around the world. Dickenson was a four-time NCAA Division II championship runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles and a five-time All-American from 1998-99.
She earned a bachelor’s degree (1999) and a master’s degree (2001) from ACU.