Jade Bryan has been a full-time staff member at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes since January 2006. She first served as the Assistant Director of the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills until expanding her roles in July 2009 to become the Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement. In August 2011, her roles increased to also include career development and academic advising for the gymnastics team.
Under this current position, Bryan oversees the Life Skills programming for all student-athletes within the areas of diversity and inclusion programming and civic engagement, career and professional development, and has academic oversight for gymnastics. She is also the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which serves as the governing body for student-athletes as well as sponsors many community service events.
Other involvement includes serving on the awards and scholarships committee for student-athletes and also leading a diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement advisory board made up of colleagues in other on-campus departments. She has also served on campus committees for the Women’s Leadership Conference, Multicultural Student Leadership Conference, Academic Excellence Gala, and the Etta James Memorial gymnastics meet for breast cancer awareness.
As a former member of LSU’s gymnastics team, Bryan was a part of four teams that notched Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships from 2002-05. She also was a four-time Academic All-America selection by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) and a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Bryan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication in 2005 from LSU. In 2011, she completed her master’s degree in human resource education and leadership development.