Hibbet named new McLendon Leadership Fellow at Kent State

KENT- Kristyn Hibbett will join Kent State University’s athletic staff as the next “future leader” through the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative (MLI) as announced today.

In his role with Kent State, Hibbett will help with social media and creative content for major sports accounts, as well as strategy for the Golden Flashes 19 intercollegiate sports accounts. She will work closely with all areas of external operations, including communications, marketing, ticketing and fan engagement initiatives.

“I am so excited to join the McLendon Foundation and look forward to all the great opportunities and experiences to come,” said Hibbett. “Thank you to everyone who helped me get this scholarship. I am so grateful to join the McLendon family!”

Hibbett will graduate from Kent State University in December with a dual degree in public relations (PR) and sports administration. Last summer, she was one of 62 students across the country selected as an Adidas PR Top Creator intern powered by BeyGood. She helped develop PR plans for Adidas Top Creators concepts and events and helped develop innovative PR techniques, story ideas and messaging.

At Kent State, Hibbett worked as a student assistant in social media, marketing, and student fan engagement. She also brought her talents to the student multicultural center as a student media specialist.

“We are delighted that Kristyn is retaining her talents at Kent State,” said the DA Senior Executive Partner. Suzette McQueen said. “She brings incredible energy and insight from her diverse backgrounds which will be invaluable as we continue to grow and engage our fanbase. As a minority woman working in external operations, representation is always a challenge. I’m thrilled to have Kristyn as our future leader McLendon.”

In July 2020, the McLendon Leadership Initiative began as a coach-led program to create access and opportunity for meaningful work experience for minority candidates and improve their career options.

Kent State Men’s Basketball Coach Rob Senderoff was the driving force behind Kent State being part of the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative. Calvin Toney Cox was the first MLI at Kent State University and will complete his term in December 2022.

Originally funded by college coaches (MLI Ambassadors), the MLI is a one-year program open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree. In the program, future leaders are engaged in learning outcomes that go beyond the position they hold in the athletic department.

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