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Alcorn partners with CSA for athletics director search

Alcorn State University has partnered with Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA), a nationally recognized executive search firm specializing in intercollegiate athletic hiring for colleges and universities, to coordinate the search for the next director of athletics. Since its founding in 2010, CSA has helped with several search or consulting projects for 25 FCS member institutions, including work with Norfolk State, Florida A&M, and national searches for the University of Mississippi, University of Cincinnati, the University of Georgia, and Michigan State University.

"I am excited that our search will include CSA,” said Dr. Felecia M. Nave, President of Alcorn State University. “This is a pivotal moment in Alcorn's history as we celebrate 150 years of our existence and 100 years of football. The new athletic director inherits a reputable program that has a history of great success and tradition. We will identify a dynamic leader who complements our talented student-athletes, coaches, and staff; and will work collaboratively with University, alumni, donors, and friends to elevate Alcorn's academic and athletic experience. We are seeking a leader who is a good fit for Alcorn's culture — someone dedicated to excellence — who will lead Alcorn Athletics into a promising and exciting future."

An advisory search committee will be used to ensure that multiple, diverse voices are part of the process representing current and alumni student-athletes, university leaders, and donors. Additionally, CSA will be conducting listening sessions with key stakeholder groups throughout November and December to get to know the campus culture and athletics department.

Alcorn is home to champions and scholars amassing a stellar championship record in football having captured the SWAC East Division crown and appeared in the SWAC Football Championship game in all six seasons in which the team participated, taking home the conference title four times (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019). In women's tennis, Alcorn won the SWAC Championship in 2016 and appeared in the title match in back-to-back years (2018, 2019).

Academically, 203 student-athletes have earned degrees since 2016. In 2018-19, 133 student-athletes posted grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, and 13 of the 15 athletic programs achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

The search process is anticipated to take place over the next 8-10 weeks, with a target date of early spring, to announce the new Director of Athletics.