DAPHNE, Ala. – With a successful career as a business owner in health and fitness already established, Dr. Donna Clemons is using her new doctoral degree from the United States Sports Academy to launch an additional career as a college faculty member.

Clemons is the founder and owner of a nationwide company, Christian Aerobic Exercise Inc., which establishes fitness ministry programs in churches around the country. She also works as an inspirational speaker and writer for national ministry Faithfullyfit. In her career, she has helped establish more than 1,000 Christian fitness ministries.

She earned her Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the Academy in 2017, writing her dissertation in her area of expertise, “Successful Faith-Based Health Programming.”

A native of Mattoon, Ill., Clemons said her Academy degree helped her to earn a position as chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.

Clemons with Faculty

Dr. Donna Clemons, center, recently celebrated her graduation with a Doctor of Education degree in sports management on the United States Sports Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala. She is pictured with, from left, Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Butler, President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Director of Sports Management Dr. Brandon Spradley and Chair of Sports Coaching Dr. Bret Simmermacher.

“My greatest professional accomplishment is getting this doctorate degree through the United States Sports Academy,” Clemons said. “I highly recommend the Academy. I obtained a very well-rounded education and a better understanding of how sport management works.

“My ultimate career goal was to earn a doctorate so I could teach on a Christian college campus,” Clemons said. “Because I already have a full-time career, an online education was my only option. I was thrilled when a chair position opened up at Faulkner University just as I was graduating. It was perfect timing and I know I would not have gotten this opportunity without my Academy education.

“I chose a sport management degree because it let me focus my studies in health science and fitness, which is my background and passion,” Clemons said. “I own a nationwide company that sets up fitness ministries throughout churches and holds conferences on becoming fit in mind, body, and soul. In addition, I have owned my own fitness facility and gymnastics studio.”

At Faulkner University, Clemons is an associate professor of kinesiology and exercise science. She has also been tasked with various other projects critical to the school’s mission.

“In addition to my regular administrative duties, I am currently working on curriculum updates, state accreditation, and launching new fitness programs university-wide,” she said.

“I really enjoy working with the students and what I really enjoy about this university is that I can infuse faith into my lesson plans.”

Clemons earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Missouri Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in counseling from Greenville University in Greenville, Ill.

Clemons is certified through the American Council for Exercise (ACE), Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and Suzanne Bowen Fitness (SBFfit) and is an author of several manuals and certification programs, including the Aerobic Ministry Manual, YoGal and the SBFfit Personal Training Certification. She has counseled adolescents, college students and adults on issues such as body image, food addiction, weight loss, depression, anxiety, stress management and other issues.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.

The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala.  For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.