Kerri Barber is in her fifth year as the administrator for the Department of Sport Management. Her duties include managing the day-to-day business administration, handling all social media for the department, planning and implementing all departmental events, and serving as the primary contact and information source for the department. Kerri also serves as the advisor to the student group Rice Sport Business Society (RSBS), whose mission is to create awareness of the Sport Management Department to the University and external sport business organizations. Kerri was selected as the 2018 C.M. and Demaris Hudspeth Endowed Award for Student Life and Clubs for her dedication to RSBS.¬†
Prior to joining Rice, Kerri taught physical education and was the founding Athletic Director at the Southwest Campus of YES Prep Public Schools for eight years. In her position, she oversaw all aspects of and provided administrative direction for the athletic program. Kerri originated and established the initial policies, procedures, and standards to successfully generate eight middle school and 10 high school athletic programs at the Southwest Campus. She developed the inaugural athletic handbook for YES Prep Public Schools and facilitated monthly district-wide athletic director meetings. Kerri served as the District 25AA Secretary and District 24A volleyball and basketball Chair for the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Kerri also co-founded and oversaw the compliance for 11 middle schools and 14 high schools within the now defunct Texas Independent School Soccer Conference.
Kerri earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from Ithaca College. She was a member of the 2002 Division III National Softball Championship team where she was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Kerri is in her fourth year as a Resident Associate (RA) for Jones College at Rice. The RA is crucial to the Rice University college system by serving as a positive community facilitator and role model while also providing guidance and leadership to college members. Prior to joining Jones College, Kerri was an Associate at Will Rice College where she was named a Distinguished Associate and also the 2015 recipient of the Doughtie Outstanding Associate Award.
In the community, Kerri is extremely active in the Houston Chapter of Women in Sports & Events (WISE), which¬†is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. Kerri is a member on the events committee team and social media outreach team.¬†Kerri was named the 2017 WISE Houston¬†Networking Champion of the Year¬†recipient.¬†