James Hall bio
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  04/01/2008


Mr. Hall currently serves as Associate Athletic Director, Sport Administrator & Student Development at New Mexico State University. He provides administrative direction and oversees coaches and staff members for the sports and programs of football, women's cross country, men's cross country, women's indoor and outdoor track & field. He delivers guidance to the programs in the areas of scheduling athletic events, approval of team travel, game management operations, public relations & interaction with boosters, budget proposals, exit interviews, evaluations of coaches, exit interviews of student-athletes, and responses to complaints and grievances.

In addition he manages the operation, programs and services, and or staff members within the following areas: athletic training, strength & conditioning, building monitor for the main athletic building, capital outlay legislative athletic facility projects, social responsibility & misconduct and housing. Mr. Hall also directs the staff, program & services aspects for all student athlete academic development and life skills, while assuring that the department is in conformity with all academic requirements for monitoring the eligibility progress relative to university, conference and NCAA rules and regulations.

Prior to New Mexico State University Mr. Hall served as the Founder and CEO for the Majority of One Brands, a company that commits itself to creating educational and business opportunities for student and athletes of all ages for long term success. The foundation portion of Majority of One Brands provided professional and personal development, career counseling, sport transition planning and sports education programming.

Mr. Hall became engulfed in the world of athletics at an early age and his exceptional athletic talent in track & field earned him Prep All-American honors in high school and the opportunity to compete anywhere in the country at the collegiate level. The dream of competing as a collegiate and "Olympic Hopeful" was short circuited when Mr. Hall was ineligible to compete due to a very low test score on his college entrance exam. After sitting out the mandatory sanction year by NCAA rules, Mr. Hall was admitted to Iowa State University where he competed as a student-athlete with great success as he was a four year letter winner, four time Big Eight Champion and All-American.

Life after college sports was complex but Mr. Hall persevered and won the biggest races of his life by earning his Bachelor Degree in Speech Communication and then his Masters Degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University respectfully.  In 1994 Mr. Hall was recruited by The Ohio State University as an Athletic Academic Counselor to monitor the academic progress for student-athletes. For nearly 10 years, Mr. Hall supervised the academic progress for revenue and olympic men's and women's sports program at Ohio State.

His efforts to teach student-athletes about academic ownership progressively increased graduation and retention rates, especially for minority student-athletes as he instituted his innovative program entitled Majority of One from his Iowa State days. Hall was acknowledged for his commitment to the holistic educational and business development concept as he was selected as a Forty under 40 Business Honoree by Business First Magazine in 1999. In April 2002 Hall partnered with former Ohio State All-American and NFL star Shawn Springs, to create the $100,000,00 Shawn Springs/Majority of One Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Mr. Hall fostered vast relationships with student-athletes, coaches, athletic department administrators, academic affairs, advisors, board of trustee members and community leaders. His extensive involvement as a liaison with The Ohio State University, its athletic department, and community leaders earned him the 2003 Columbus Leadership Award presented by Honorable Mayor Michael B. Coleman. In 2004 & 2005 Hall was among Columbus Ohio's best as he was a Who's Who In Black Columbus Honoree.

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