South Bend, Indiana – JP Abercrumbie has been appointed Executive Assistant Director of Athletics at the University of Notre Dame for Culture and Engagement. Abercrombie joins the Irish after spending the past three years at Rice University.
“We couldn’t be more excited for JB (Abercrombie) to join the Notre Dame family,” said Jenny Borg, athletics and strategies consultant. “As we have been hired to fill this influential role that will lead many key initiatives including our ‘StandTogether’ promise, her name has continued to resurface time and time again. The depth of her experience as a student-athlete and responsible higher education, track record of achievement and passion for building an inclusive culture made her a fit Totally to lead us forward in that role.”
In her role at Notre Dame, Abercrombie will oversee the culture of inclusive excellence at Notre Dame Athletics by leading diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The role will include active engagement and building relationships with student-athletes, staff, coaches, campus, industry colleagues, the local community, and alumni.
Prior to Notre Dame, Abercrombie worked in a number of roles at Rice including her most recent position as Associate SOAR/Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Prior to expanding her role, she was assisting the athletic director for student-athlete development with Owls.
“It’s a great day to be Irish! Joining Notre Dame Athletics in this role, at this time, is a wonderful opportunity to continue serving as a catalyst for positive change, both between the larger University of Notre Dame community and beyond,” said Abercrombie. Running a community of inclusive excellence where everyone can thrive.”
During her time at Rice, Abercrombie oversaw ssports student theopportunities for athrough development sIce Values (SOAR), a program I launched in 2019. In addition to advocating for student and athlete wellness and holistic development, Abercrumbie has developed and maintained alumni/letterwinner engagement opportunities in partnership with the R Association, Owl Club, Owl Club Board, and Association of Rice Alumni. Collaborative relations with many university and external units which led to more charitable work and financial support for the department. As a member of the Owls Senior Staff, Abercrumbie has also assisted with educational efforts related to Article IX/Prevention of Sexual Violence and served as the men’s cross country/track and field athletics officer. As the Chief Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Officer, Abercrombie oversaw the design and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices in athletics, in line with campus goals and guidelines, and chaired the Owl In staff, as the primary contact for information on national, local and campus-wide issues related to Diversity, equity and inclusion. She has also been a member of the World Health Organization (Goal for Happiness in the Workplace), Dean of the First-Year Undergraduate Experience Working Group, Career Development Center Training Board, University Corporate Council, and RICE Engaged Constituency Consortium.
A participant in the Athletics Collegiate Leadership Symposium (CALS), Abercrombie Achievements also earned her membership in the Emerging Sports Front Office Award category 25. Abercrombie, a 2018 graduate of the prestigious NCAA’s Dr. Charles Whitcombe Leadership Institute, is dedicated to advancing initiatives that support the development of Leadership in NCAA, Women Leaders in Collegiate Sports, and WeCoach.
Abercrombie is a member of the USDA Strategic Partnerships and Development Committee, serves as a member of the Athletes Network’s National Advisory Board, a member of the IMPACT Team Advisory Board, and an executive board member of the Houston chapter of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals, as well as serving as a USATF Certified Officer.
In 2021, Abercrombie was named the USA Student Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC) Choice Award winner, honored by the SAAC Conference as an official committed to promoting student-athlete development and well-being through a positive sporting and academic atmosphere.
Abercrombie joined the Owls from Mississippi State University where she worked as the Bulldogs’ Assistant Athletic Director for Life Skills and Community Engagement. There she created the Hail State Life Skills Program, launched and led the Athletics Diversity Council, served as a mentor for Michigan State University’s Day One Leadership Program, and was named inaugural chair of the Young Professionals Affinity Group of the Michigan State University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. During the 2016-2018 Bulldogs women’s basketball post-season tournaments, Abercrombie served as the assistant tournament manager for the first and second NCAA tournaments hosted in Starkville, overseeing tournament operations, team hospitality visits, hotel and lodging, squad operations, cheerleading, and game officials.
Prior to MSU, Abercrombie worked as Student Athletic Development Coordinator and Academic Coach at the University of California, Berkeley.
A native of Chicago, Abercrombie attended Temple University where she competed in track and field and graduated summa cum laude from the honors program, where she studied linguistic anthropology. Abercrombie holds a master’s degree in Cultural Studies of Sports in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, completed the Professional Athlete Development Certificate Program from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, received a change management certification from Cornell University, and received funding. Certificate of Development from the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University.