FAMU Fires Athletic Director; Hires Interim Director

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June 5, 2013

The newly appointed interim athletic director at FAMU, Michael Smith, sat down for an interview with Eyewitness News.

He says, " "The biggest challenge we face is making sure that we have our budget that is balanced and that is befitting of what a Division 1 program should look like. We're going to continue to work with our president, our board of trustees, our university community and their support."

Press Release: FAMU Department of Communications

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson notified Derek Horne today that he will not be reappointed and that Michael Smith, associate director, will serve as the interim director of Athletics.

Horne has been placed on administrative leave with pay until September 7, 2013. He was on a multi-year contract and his contract ends Sept. 7.

“Today I am making a leadership change in athletics and hope to launch a new search soon for an athletic director,” said Robinson.

Smith, who has served as associate director of Athletics since 2010, is primarily responsible for internal operations that include oversight for the business operations and six of the 18 sports, including baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross county, and indoor and outdoor track and field. In his capacity as associate director, Smith was responsible for the Sports Medicine Program, athletics grounds and facilities.

From January to September of 2010, Smith served as interim director of athletics. Prior to his appointment in athletics, he served as director of Business and Auxiliary Services. He also served as Title IX chairperson for the university. From 1991-1993, Smith was an auditor in FAMU’s Inspector General’s Office and from 1993 through 1999, served as business manager for the Division of Student Affairs.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at FAMU in 1985.

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