On June 30, Norfolk State University President Dr. Javaune Adams Gaston announced the appointment of Melody Webb to the position of University Athletics Director. Webb, who is NSU’s first female AD, assumed her new duties on July 1.
Webb replaces Marty Miller, who is transitioning to a new senior leadership role in Dr. Adams Gaston’s administrative team after more than 15 years as athletics director.
“Ms. Webb will lead Spartan Athletics to excellence both on and off the field of competition while also increasing NSU’s visibility and competitiveness,” Dr. Adams-Gaston said.
Webb is no stranger to the University. Since 2014, she has held the position of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration and Senior Women’s Administrator at NSU. In this role, she serves as the deputy to the Athletics Director, and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Department of Athletics. Webb is also responsible for managing revenue generation, fundraising and development efforts for the Department, and oversees procurement, human resources and facility operations. Additionally, Webb serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics and works strategically with the Office of Institutional Equity to ensure Title IX compliance.
Prior to joining NSU, Webb served as the Associate Commissioner for Business Operations for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). In this role, she provided leadership and oversight for financial administration for the conference, which included expenditure analysis, human resources functions and event management.
From 2010-12, Webb served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Budget and Finance at George Washington University. At George Washington, she was responsible for administrative oversight of a $22 million budget.
Webb was the Athletics Business Manager for the Department of Athletics at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2006-12. In this role, she assisted with the financial management of a $55 million budget and oversaw the administrative operations for athletic financial affairs, purchasing and accounts.
From 2004-06, Webb served as the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator for Elizabeth City State University. At Elizabeth City, she provided fiscal management and operational oversight of all aspects of the intercollegiate athletics and sports programs.
“Ms. Webb is an exceptional administrator and is well respected within the field of intercollegiate athletics. She is highly involved and engaged in professional associations including the National Association of Athletic Development Directors, and Women Leaders in College Sports,” Dr. Adams-Gaston said. “As a former student-athlete at Savannah State University and Head Volleyball Coach at Bowie State University, Ms. Webb understands intercollegiate athletics at every level.”
Webb received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Savannah State University.
While at SSU, the Chicago native was a threesport athlete. Webb played four years of volleyball at Savannah State under four different coaches (Carla Debro, Walter Tullis, Tamica Smith and Anita Walsh). As a outside hitter, she ended her career with 474 kills, 56 assists, 71 scoring aces, 200 digs and 164 blocks. She participated in the high jump event in track and played two years of basketball where she averaged 3.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while getting 51 steals and dishing out 26 assists as a sophomore.
Longtime Savannah State track & field coach Ted Whitaker said that he was happy for Webb and knows that she has all the skills to be successful. “She’s an outstanding young lady. She works very hard at her craft and has been successful wherever she has been.”
Walsh, a former SSU basketball standout who later returned to Savannah State as the volleyball and women’s basketball coach stated that Webb was a leader. “She was always a leader. Her determination and passion for volleyball showed on and off the court. She was self disciplined and passionate. She knew the game and had a love for it.”
Webb received a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Public Policy and Management from Bowie State University. Webb is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education from the United States Sports Academy. She will complete the doctorate in December 2020.