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Scarlet Knights Academic Support Staff

Scott Walker
Executive Director, Academic Support

Scott Walker has worked diligently to put Rutgers Athletics on the map academically since his arrival in 2004 as the Director of Football Academic Support and most recently as the Executive Director of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes. In his role, Walker oversees the entire academic program for Rutgers’ student-athletes.

During the previous nine years at RU, Walker has helped the football program establish unprecedented success in the classroom, further upholding the high academic standards of Rutgers University. The team has stood as a pillar for great achievement both on the field and in the classroom.

In the most recent NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR), the Rutgers football program was the lone state university on the list to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the seventh straight year. In the fall of 2013, 43 members of the team earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 24 players achieved Dean’s List status with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Three student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while the team finished with a 2.96 GPA, a record high for the program.

Rutgers has had two National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes in Brian Leonard and Brandon Renkart during Walker’s tenure. Leonard received the prestigious Draddy Trophy, recognized as the “Academic Heisman,” in 2006. He and his team – Jenna Beverly and Ramel Meekins – work diligently at ensuring that every Rutgers football player maximizes their potential in the classroom. They have made academic success a foremost priority for each student-athlete.

Prior to his tenure at Rutgers, Walker spent 17 years as an assistant football coach. His career included stints at Texas, Purdue, Iowa, Maine, Georgia Tech and Cornell. He also served three years as the Director of Football Academics at Georgia Tech.

Walker graduated from Princeton in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology. During his time at Princeton, he worked as the freshman defensive ends coach from 1982-84. In addition to attending college in New Jersey, Walker spent 15 years recruiting the New Jersey metropolitan area for various universities during his coaching career.

Scott and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Kyle, who will be a freshman at Rutgers in the fall of 2014.

Jenna Beverly
Assistant Director/
Football Coordinator

Jenna Beverly arrived at Rutgers in September of 2004 bringing experience in academics and compliance from the University of Oregon and the University of Connecticut. Beverly’s current role is as Director of Football Academic Support.

Under the watch of Beverly, the football program has continued its established trend as one of the nation’s top programs in the classroom and on the playing field. Rutgers placed 10th nationally in Academic Progress Rate according to the latest multi-year figures and was the lone state university to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the seventh consecutive year. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.

The Scarlet Knights continue to be one of the leaders nationally in both production on the field and in the classroom. In the fall of 2013, 43 members of the team earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 24 players achieved Dean’s List status with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Three student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while the team finished with a 2.96 GPA, a record high for the program.
Previous to this role, Beverly’s responsibilities at Rutgers included serving as an academic advisor for the football program, while also overseeing the academic support services programs, including supplemental instruction, learning assistance, and tutoring. She was responsible for hiring, scheduling and monitoring Academic Services staff in accordance with NCAA regulations of these programs. In her time at Rutgers, the football program has been consistently in the top 10 nationally in APR ranking.

Prior to arriving “On the Banks,” Beverly served as a graduate assistant at the University of Oregon in compliance and then as an academic advisor, spending two years in each role. In between the two positions at Oregon, Beverly came back east for a brief stint at the University of Connecticut as a compliance assistant, handling initial eligibility along with other duties. During her time at the University of Oregon, Beverly received her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration.

Beverly, a native of Northbridge, Mass., graduated from the University of Kansas in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. While at Kansas, she lettered her freshman year in softball and then worked with the women’s basketball program during her final three years.

She resides in North Brunswick, N.J., with her husband Gil and their son, Kaden.


Associate AD/Student Development

Shawn Tucker is in his fifth season as Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development.
Tucker, a 2007 graduate of Rutgers University and a former standout at wide receiver on the football team, leads the Rutgers Leadership Academy for student-athletes. Through programming and counseling, the Rutgers Leadership Academy helps to fortify student-athletes at Rutgers with valuable information and tools to guide decision-making in critical life-shaping areas such as career choice, personal enrichment, leadership, civic engagement and professional growth.
In May 2014, Tucker was selected to serve on the NCAA Life Skills Academy Action Team for DI, DII and DIII institutions.
Tucker came to Rutgers from Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. He was named team captain as a senior and helped lead Rutgers to its first of four consecutive football bowl championships in 2006. A four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights, Tucker was a key member of two bowl squads during his career “On the Banks.”
As an undergraduate, Tucker served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He graduated with a double major in geography and labor studies in May 2007 and began working for the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers as a program coordinator for their T.E.E.M. Gateway program. While there, Tucker was a member of a staff that received the 2010 Diversity Leadership Award.
Tucker participated in the implementation of the YE2S Center, a partnership among Rutgers, Newark Public Schools, the City of Newark and Communities in Schools of New Jersey focusing on providing education and employment services for youth in Essex County. Tucker has also mentored youth in Newark through the Rutgers Green Rangers Mural program, which focused on the beautification and revitalization of Newark through the Arts, while also serving as a key collaborator in the New Jersey High School Dropout Prevention Campaign.
Tucker received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers. Tucker and his wife Maria, reside in New Brunswick.


Ramel Meekins
Athletic Academic Counselor

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