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FAMU Hires Derek Horne as the new Athletic Director
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FAMU's new Director of Athletics Derek Horne (second from left) makes comments during a press conference announcing his position.  Gallop Franklin, SGA President, (left), President James H. Ammons and Trustee Daryl Parks listens.

August 17, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla
. — Derek Horne, a long time administrator at the University of Mississippi, has been hired as the new Director of  Athletics at Florida A&M University (FAMU).

Horne joins the Rattler staff after spending 15 years in athletic administration at the University of Mississippi.  He joined the Ole Miss staff in 1995 as assistant athletic director and was promoted to senior associate athletic director during that tenure.

The FAMU Board of Trustees approved his multi-year appointment for three years today.  He will report to work on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at a salary of $200,000.

“I am honored and humbled to have this awesome opportunity to serve Florida A&M University as their next Director of Athletics,” said Horne.  “My family and I look forward to this new chapter in our lives. Ole Miss has offered me the opportunity to be prepared to serve Florida A&M University with integrity, sound leadership and honor and for that I am grateful to Pete Boone and the University.  We will miss our family and friends but we are excited about getting involved with the opportunities that lie before us – serving the Rattlers.”

FAMU President James H. Ammons said with Horne’s leadership and experience, he felt confident that Horne will enhance athletics at FAMU.

“I believe that he will be a great addition to our athletic program and the university,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “He will bring with him the athlete’s perspective and a wealth of knowledge in athletic administration.  I am excited about his wide range of experience and believe he will provide the kind of leadership that will usher in a new era in Rattler sports.”

Horne is a 1987 graduate of the University of Mississippi.  He was a four-year letterman on the Ole Miss basketball team from 1983-1986.  As an Ole Miss Rebel, he earned Academic All-Southeastern Conference accolades as a senior and was the team captain his junior and senior seasons.

At Ole Miss, Horne spearheaded the athletic department’s correspondence and development with former athletes.  He was also a proponent of and director of the CHAMPS Life Skills programs.  Additionally, Horne brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of concessions as he oversaw their operations in all sports.

As associate athletic director at Ole Miss, he was responsible for human resources, managing concessions, the team store, the athletic sports camps and all aspects of the men’s basketball program.  He developed and implemented fundraising initiatives while representing the university at alumni events.  He developed a reputation for maximizing the exposure of Ole Miss. One of his most significant achievements was increasing the involvement of former student-athletes and alumni in university and athletics-related activities.

Horne was a specialist in representing the athletic department in activities such as alumni events, civic organization meetings and intercollegiate functions.  He developed a reputation for maximizing the exposure of Ole Miss, while raising funds through various avenues.

Horne has received additional training as a NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program Participant for 2009-2010 and attended the 2009 Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Institute.

Prior to joining the Ole Miss staff, Horne worked for KLLM Transport Services Inc., in Jackson, MS.  Horne was the director of terminal and driver support at KLLM, where he began as a management trainee and worked his way up to regional human resources specialist.

He is a native of Quitman, Ga.  His resume includes services on various professional boards including “Coaches vs. Cancer,” and the Chancellor’s Standing Committee for Sensitivity and Respect.  Horne is an honorary member of the Gold Key National Honor Society.  He also served on the University of Mississippi’s On Campus Minority Alumni Advisory Council, the M-Club Alumni Board of Directors and the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Horne is married to the former Sheila Mosley and they have one son, Christopher.
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