• MY MISSION

    "Live my life in a manner that inspires others to use their power to unlock the potential within."

  • About Kiki

    Bio

    Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes has distinguished herself as an outstanding professional, community servant and mentor. She assumed the leadership role, athletic director, in Dillard’s athletic department in 2006. She simultaneously held the position of head coach of the women’s basketball team until March 2013. Her initial responsibility was to facilitate the return of the athletics program after it was shuttered following Hurricane Katrina. She has not only resurrected the program, but she has also grown the program into a national model of student-athlete success and community service. Since taking the helm, Dillard’s athletic program has seen the establishment of new sports teams and the university's first endowed athletic scholarship.

     

    A leader in sports administration, she was elected President of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) (2009), directing its growth after several universities departed for other conferences. Dr. Barnes has become a national expert in strategic planning, organizational management and program revitalization leading her to accept positions as a member of several organizations such as the National Administrative Council of the NAIA, the NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Board of Directors. She currently serves as Chair of the (NAIA) Conduct and Ethics committee and was recently elected as the 2nd Vice President of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors. She is President/CEO of Kiki Baker Barnes, LLC a coaching and speaking business focused on helping others unlock their potential.
     
    A trailblazer as well, Dr. Barnes is the first female and first African-American president of the GCAC. In 2015, Dr. Barnes received the prestigious "Administrator of the Year Award" presented by the Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly known as National Association of College Women Athletic Administrators - NACWAA). In 2011, 2014 and 2015, her peers voted her GCAC Athletic Director of the Year. In 2018, she was honored during Black History Month by the New Orleans Pelicans. She was most recently named to New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year class of 2018, “People to Watch Class of 2014” and was honored by the Girls Scouts of Louisiana Southeast as a 2014 Woman of Distinction. Dr. Barnes also received the Gambit’s Top 40 under 40 of New Orleanians making a difference in the community in 2013. Dr. Barnes was featured as one of 6 women of empowerment in the 2012 Minority Report in New Orleans.


    Barnes completed her dissertation research on the relationship between coach’s influence, student engagement, and student-athlete success. She is married to Marc Barnes and they have two children, Caitlin and Marc Jr.

    Positions Held

    • NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors 2nd Vice President (2017- current)
    • Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Board Member (2016-current)
    • NAIA Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors (2014- current)
    • NAIA Conduct and Ethics Committee Chair (2014-current)
    • Gulf Coast Athletic Conference 17th President (2008-current)
    • NAIA National Administrative Council Member (2007-2013)
    • NAIA National Administrative Council Experience and Enhancement Committee Member (2007-2013)
    • NAIA Committee on Conduct in Competition Member (2006-2011)
    • BCA Member-at-large Board of Directors Strategic Planning Committee (2011-2013)
    • NCAA 2013 Women's Basketball Final Four Local Organizing Committee (2013)
    • Chevron Champions of Women Mentorship Program (in conjunction with NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four 2013), Committee Chair
    • NACDA Female Mentor (2009)
    • Martin Luther King Commission Committee - Chair, Education & Information Subcommittee (2009)

     

    Awards and Honors

    • 2018 New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year
    • 2018 New Orleans Pelicans Black History Month Honoree
    • 2017 American Cancer Society Belle
    • 2015 Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly known as NACWAA) Administrator of the Year
    • 2014 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction Honoree
    • Named to New Orleans Magazine People to Watch Class of 2014
    • GCAC Athletic Director of the Year 2014-2015
    • GCAC Athletic Director of the Year 2013-2014
    • Selected to the Gambit's Top 40 under 40 New Orleanians making a positive impact on their community
    • GCAC Athletic Director of the Year 2010-2011
    • Named 1 of 6 Women of Empowerment by New Orleans Minority Report, 2012-2013
    • Selected to the 2008 Black Coaches and Administrators "Achieving Coaching Excellence(ACE)" program

    Education

    Ph.D., Higher Education Administration ▪ University of New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
    M.S., Communications ▪ University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Lafayette, LA
    B.G.S., Communications ▪ University of New Orleans – New Orleans, LA

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