Derek Cowherd
Derek Cowherd

Hometown:
Greensburg, Ky.

Position:
Senior Associate AD/Academic Support

Alma Mater:
Louisville, 1998


06/23/2012

Swingle To Manage Facilities And Game Operations

Third New Member of Athletics Leadership Under Bjork

Ole Miss Athletics added experience and energy to its leadership with the hiring of Derek Cowherd as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support in May 2012. Cowherd oversees the overall Student-Athlete Development Program and academic support services of Ole Miss student-athletes.

Cowherd came to Ole Miss from LSU where he served as director of academic affairs, a position he held since April 2011. In that capacity, he had primary academic oversight of the Tiger football team while also supervising seven full-time advisors, four graduate assistants and interns and all other sports.

Before holding that position, Cowherd was the interim director of academic affairs and had been a member of LSU's Academic Center for Student-Athletes since July 2007.

Prior to LSU, Cowherd worked at the University of Louisville from 2003-07, starting as an academic counselor and tutorial coordinator before being named the Assistant Director of Academics in 2007.

On a national level, he served as a facilitator for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). He was also an appointed NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Peer Reviewer.

A native of Greensburg, Kentucky, Cowherd graduated from Louisville in 1998 with a degree in biology. He earned his master's degree in business and public administration (MBA) at the school in 2003. While at the University of Louisville and LSU, Cowherd was pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership and higher learning with a specialization in higher education administration and hopes to finish his PhD at the University of Mississippi.

Born May 25, 1975, Cowherd and his wife Misty are the parents of a son and a daughter, Jackson and Eden.

02/11/2015 - Academic Support

46 Rebels Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor...

While excelling on the fields and courts in the fall, 46 Ole Miss student-athletes were named to the Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll announced Wednesday by SEC Commissioner Mike... Read More [+]

12/19/2014 - Academic Support

Ole Miss Scores in the Classroom This Fall

Success wasn't limited to the fields and courts this fall, as Ole Miss student-athletes achieved the highest cumulative grade point average (2.96) in recorded history, with over 50 percent of all... Read More [+]

11/07/2014 - Academic Support

Shackelford Chosen Academic All-District

Ole Miss sixth-year linebacker Deterrian Shackelford has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District VI team, as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Read More [+]

10/29/2014 - Academic Support

10 Teams above National GSR Average

Ten of Ole Miss' athletics teams scored above the national average (82 percent) in graduation success rate (GSR), while men's tennis, women's basketball, women's golf, soccer, volleyball and rifle ... Read More [+]

09/25/2014 - Academic Support

Shackelford Named Campbell Trophy...

Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford has been named one of 167 semifinalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors the nation's top college football scholar-athlete. Read More [+]

09/18/2014 - Academic Support

Rebel Reconnect Helps Returning Student-At...

The goal of the Rebel Reconnect program is to provide academic and tuition support to former Ole Miss scholarship student-athletes who left the university without completing their degree. The... Read More [+]

07/11/2014 - Academic Support

More Academic Honors For Rebels

On the heels of yesterday's announcement of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, 44 Ole Miss student-athletes were named to the 2014 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll as announced Friday by the... Read More [+]

07/11/2014 - Academic Support

Professor of the Year to Speak at SEC...

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive and 2014 SEC Professor of the Year Dr. John E. Hall of Ole Miss will speak on the opening day of the second annual SEC Symposium, to be held... Read More [+]

07/10/2014 - Academic Support

Women's Tennis Earns Top ITA Academic ...

Not only did the Ole Miss women's tennis team make their sixth consecutive NCAA appearance, but the Rebels earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 18th straight year, as announced Thursday. Read More [+]

07/10/2014 - Academic Support

Rebels Earn Top ITA Academic Honor

While making their 21st consecutive NCAA appearance in 2014, the Ole Miss men's tennis team achieved great success in the classroom, earning the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the fourth year in a... Read More [+]

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