Arnika Edwards

Dayton, Ohio
Director of Women’s Basketball Operations, University of Dayton

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

Currently, I am the director of operations for the University of Dayton women’s basketball program. I have worked at UD for five years. Prior to coming to Dayton, I worked at Auburn University as the director of administrative support services for Auburn women’s basketball. I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in physics. I also have a master’s degree in mathematics education. I taught high school mathematics and physics and coached girls’ basketball for 15 years. I was also the athletics director for six years.

I am married and have a daughter who is a senior at the University of Alabama.

Why did you decide to pursue your master’s?

I have always had an interest in pursuing a MBA but never really had the time, considering my demanding travel schedule. I’m an educator at heart, and I’m excited about learning something new. I am interested in a career in collegiate-level athletics administration. I felt a MBA would allow me to learn more about the business side of athletics.

What made you decide to choose the University of Dayton’s MBA program?

The online MBA program was a perfect fit for me considering my work schedule. This program allows me to embed classes into my hectic work and travel schedule.

How has what you’ve learned in the program impacted the work you are currently doing? How will it prepare you to be a leader in your industry?

I am involved with many branches of athletics administration, but the program has given me a clearer vision of each aspect of administration. Understanding the business aspects affords me the opportunity to effectively communicate with existing leaders of companies in the community.

What advice do you have for others considering this degree?

I would advise anyone interested to make sure his or her time is managed and well balanced. It is can be demanding but I think in the end, well worth it.

Tell us about your experience at the immersion.

I learned more about the city of Dayton and the University. Learning the principles of servant leadership in depth was very valuable and significant to me. It was super exciting to meet my classmates and instructors in person. Being able to experience each other’s true personalities and hear about each other’s life experiences was invaluable.