|Position:||Associate Athletics Director|
|Other Position:||Student-Athlete Development|
Joined Georgia State Staff: March 2007
Primary teams: Football
Dena Freeman-Patton serves as associate athletics director for student-athlete development at Georgia State, overseeing the athletic department’s academic support of all student-athletes. She also serves as the academic advisor for the football program. Previously, she spent four years guiding the academic success for the men’s basketball program, which boasted a 100-percent exhausted eligibility graduation rate with 15 graduates in four years.
Under Freeman-Patton’s supervision, Georgia State student-athletes have increased the department’s cumulative grade-point average to record heights, and maintained a GPA of above a 3.0 for each of the past 10 semesters. In addition, the APR rates for the department have reached all-time highs in nearly every sport.
Before her current stint at Georgia State, Freeman-Patton was associate director of academic support and career development at Maryland from 2005 to 2007, and served as academic coordinator for the football program at NC State from 2002 to 2005. She returned to Georgia State in March 2007, where she also served as academic advisor and then academic coordinator from 1997 to 2002.
Freeman-Patton lettered in basketball at Liberty, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 1996. She added a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State in 1999.
Freeman-Patton is an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics and previously served on the organization’s board of directors. Georgia State’s academic support program is nationally certified under through the N4A, the second program in the nation to earn the distinction. Freeman-Patton currently serves on the N4A Ethics Committee, was the chair of the Life Skills Committee and chaired the organizing committee for the N4A regional conference in 2012. She is also an active member of NACDA and NACWAA.
A Baltimore, Md., native, Freeman-Patton is married to Samuel Patton and has one son, Cameron.