Dec. 10, 2013
RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Reggie Simpkins to serve as the Assistant Athletic Director of Academics, along with Brandon Benjamin, who will handle the duties of academic advisor for football.
Simpkins will oversee all academic services pertaining to the Bulldog and Lady Techster athletic programs, while Benjamin will serve as the primary academic advisor for the Bulldog football team and its student-athletes.
"I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of the Louisiana Tech Bulldog family," Simpkins said. "I really admire the rich history (both academic and athletic) and look forward to making my contributions to aid this university in its quest to move forward."
Simpkins comes to Louisiana Tech from Clemson University where he played a vital role in academics for almost 10 years. While at Clemson, Simpkins served as the Associate Director of Academic Services for the past two years for the Tigers, while also working closely with a variety of sports and exclusively with the offensive student-athletes for football. Simpkins also ensured that all student-athletes were meeting progress toward degrees and working toward graduation in his time at Clemson.
Prior to serving as the Associate Director of Academic Services, Simpkins began at Clemson in 2004 in the Michelin Career Center and quickly moved into the position of Assistant Director of Career Development where he provided career counseling for students and facilitated outreach workshops and presentations for classes and student organizations.
Simpkins received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from South Carolina State University in 2001 and a Master of Arts in counseling from Webster University in 2004. Most recently, he earned a master's of public administration from Clemson in August 2013.
Brandon Benjamin comes to Ruston from Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga., where he was the Athletics Academic Program Specialist for the Tigers' football, softball and women's volleyball programs.
"Brandon brings some great qualities that will assist us with our academics for our student athletes," Simpkins said. "He is a former athlete and has obtained some great experience as an advisor. We are glad that Brandon has made his way to Ruston to become a part of the Bulldog family."
While at Savannah State, Benjamin was in charge of monitoring Academic Progress Rates (APR), as well as serving as the eligibility coordinator for his assigned sports. He also implemented the Academic Recovery Plan for student-athletes struggling academically.
Benjamin earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., in 2009, and most recently received a master's in business administration in Human Resources from Strayer University in Columbia, S.C., in May of 2013.
While he was attending Johnson C. Smith as a student, Benjamin lettered four years as a receiver for the football program, as well as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
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