Faculty & Staff Directory Profile

Mr. Derek Horne

Departments and Positions:
Leadership, Intercollegiate Athletics Director

As the intercollegiate athletic director, Derek Horne will provide administrative direction and oversight for Alcorn’s 17-sport athletics program and activities and supervise the control and compliance with applicable National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and University rules and regulations governing all facets of intercollegiate athletics.

Prior to joining Alcorn, Horne successfully led the Florida A&M Rattler athletics program as director of athletics for three years after spending 15 years in athletic administration at the University of Mississippi. He joined the staff of University of Mississippi in 1995 as assistant athletic director and was promoted to senior associate athletic director during that tenure.

During Horne’s tenure, FAMU athletics department experienced a number of successes. The accomplishments were the 2012 MEAC Men and Women’s Cross Country Championships; 2010 and 2011 Top 10 in FCS Football Attendance and 2010 MEAC Football Tri-Champions. Also, Horne negotiated the largest guaranteed football contract ($900,000) for a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Horne solicited and secured one of the largest one-time donations by an African-American contributor to the University of Mississippi. One of his most significant achievements was increasing the involvement of former student athletes and alumni in university and athletics related activities.

Horne also served as the liaison between the Ole Miss Department of Athletics and the Equal Opportunity department and was charged with overseeing human resources and staff development programming for the athletic department. Horne was a proponent and director of the CHAMPS Life Skills programs. Additionally, Horne possesses a wealth of knowledge in the area of concessions (food and apparel), property control, facility management and a host of areas in athletic administration.   

Horne is a 1987 graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a four-year letterman on the basketball team from 1983-1986. As a senior, he earned Academic All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) accolades and led his squad as team captain.

He is a native of Quitman, Ga. His resume includes services on various professional boards and he has received numerous awards for his commitment to service.

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