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MOAA Member Monday - LaWanda Miller

Dec. 18, 2017

Dr. LaWanda Miller - Fayetteville State University 

Why did you join MOAA?
A central theme in my life has always been to serve in a capacity that would enhance diversity and expand opportunities for women and minorities. I joined MOAA largely because of the networking opportunities and also upon the encouragement of Ms. Peggy Davis, director of athletics at Virginia State University, as she spoke of her excitement of moving into the President role after serving as the Vice President for MOAA the past two years.

Name something about you most people don't know.
I have an American Sign Language tutor and want to become fluent in ASL one day.

If you hadn’t chosen a profession in athletics, what would your profession be?

Since I never had an African-American female business school professor, I would want to be a college professor and serve as role model for female students seeking a degree in business administration.

What is one of the greatest aspects of being involved in athletics?
The greatest aspect of working in athletics is having the opportunity it provides to help student-athletes develop many traits they'll need in everyday life long after their athletic career.

What is the theme song playing in your head when you have to get something tough done?
My top motivation theme songs include:
* Turned Down fo What - DJ Snake, Lil Jon         
* Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys

If you could spend one day with a sports figure, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
Muhammad Ali is often considered to have been larger than life. I would love to spend the day with Ali because he was entertaining and had a poetic way with words. He simply refused to be afraid. His life was a testimony of how far self-belief and affirmation can carry you.

What is your favorite movie? Why?
The Sound of Music!!! The Sound of Music is my favorite movie because it is the ultimate family-friendly film. It is beautiful, inspiring, educational and uplifting, and s suitable for all ages with no sex, violence or bad language. This timeless classic has adventure, dry humor, breath-taking scenery, REAL romance, and great music. Even now, after some 50 years since the movie’s premiere, no matter your age, you can’t help but to join in and sing, 'Climb ev'ry mountain, ford ev'ry stream, follow ev'ry rainbow till you find your dream!’

What is the last thing someone has come back and thanked you for professionally?
Your hard work and dedication has helped uplift so many young women and men.

Best thing your mentor told you?
If big visions are to be realized, they must begin with a series of little tries.

Fill in the blank: I wished I would have_______.
I wish I would have been introduced to a career in athletics a lot earlier.

About MOAA: MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the advocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry. The Association also promotes cultivating a sports environment that supports the values necessary to accept aspiring professionals from all walks of life. For more information on MOAA, please visit www.moaaweb.com. MOAA is partnered with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.