The Total Person Program – Preparing Student-Athletes to be Champions in Life

March 28, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm
Student Center – Room 301

As Georgia Tech’s director of athletics, Dr. Homer Rice implemented the Total Person Program in 1981. Dr. Rice’s concept was based on his belief that excellence is a result of a balanced life that encompasses academic excellence, athletic achievement and personal well-being. Over the past 35 years, the Total Person Program has been imitated and implemented by institutions across the country and was the inspiration for the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. One of the first student-athletes to benefit from the Total Person Program at Georgia Tech was a football player named Todd Stansbury, who returned to Tech as director of athletics in September. Before his return to The Flats, Stansbury implemented principles of the Total Person Program as director of athletics at East Tennessee State, Central Florida and Oregon State. Now back “home,” one of his primary goals for Georgia Tech athletics is to continue to build on the unique tradition of the Total Person Program and continue to expand it with the needs of modern student-athletes in mind.


Joeleen Akin

Joeleen Akin, a former Georgia Tech athletics staff member with more than 20 years of experience in college athletics, returned to Georgia Tech as associate athletics director for student-athlete development and senior woman administrator in July 2016.

Akin rejoins the Georgia Tech athletics administration after 13 years at nearby Agnes Scott College. She served as Agnes Scott’s athletics director and physical education chair for 12 years (2003-15) before being promoted to associate dean for athletics and student activities in February 2015.

Prior to her 13-year tenure at Agnes Scott, she spent seven years at Georgia Tech as director of women’s basketball operations (1996-98), marketing/operations manager (1998-99) and director of marketing (1999-2003).

Michelle Collier

Michelle Collier was named Georgia Tech’s volleyball head coach in 2014 and has led the Yellow Jackets to 55 victories in her three seasons at the helm. Collier’s program is one on the rise, as it has enjoyed marked improvement in each of her three seasons on The Flats. Following a 13-18 record in her first season in 2014, the Jackets went 18-13 in 2015 and posted a 24-8 mark last season, which included a 15-5 record in ACC play. Collier coached one of the most successful student-athletes in Georgia Tech history in Teegan Van Gunst, who earned All-America and Academic All-America recognition for her achievements on the court and in the classroom and was also recently named the ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Prior to taking over at Georgia Tech, Collier spent two seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, where she was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Dolphins to a 30-4 overall record, A-Sun regular-season and tournament titles and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth in nine years. Before beginning her career as a head coach, Collier spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of South Florida (2008-09), and two more as an assistant at the University of South Carolina (2010-11).

Alex Grady

Alex Grady is majoring in mechanical engineering. in Gulfport, Mississippi, he chose Georgia Tech for its top engineering program, potential as a student-athlete and closeness to home ... Majoring in mechanical engineering. His 2016 achievements include: Indoor: Finished 21st in the 3000m at the Music City Challenge with a personal-best time of 8:30.33; finished seventh in the 5000m at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a personal-best time of 15:20.12. Outdoor: Finished 15th in the 1500m at the Yellow Jacket Invitational with a personal-best time of 4:00.28; finished 11th in the 3000m Steeplechase at the ACC Outdoor Championships with a personal-best time of 9:04.13; Finished 15th in the 3000m Steeplechase at the Florida Relays with a time of 9:16.20. He also successfully competed in cross-country meets for Georgia Tech in 2014 and 2015.