FAMU appoints new athletic director

College & Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow

Carla St.Louis | 4/17/2014, 9 a.m.

College and pro-football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow was named Florida A&M University's (FAMU) new athletic director in an announcement by President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D on April 9.

Winslow will start his new role May 15.

Kellen Winslow, Sr.

Kellen Winslow, Sr.

According to Mangum, one of her top priorities since becoming the 11th president of FAMU is strengthening the university's athletics program.

“Kellen Winslow brings a track record of success, positive energy and a wealth of experience to FAMU,” said Mangum. “We’ve had several conversations about taking our athletics program to the next level, and I look forward to working closely with him to develop outstanding student athletes and a championship-caliber environment.”

Mangum also said she is confident that this leadership combination will start the process of moving the program to championship-caliber status. “We are building a dream team of staff, coaches, students and alumni that will one day become the model of academic and athletic collaboration,” said Mangum.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to working with Dr. Mangum, university leadership and the student-athletes themselves to build upon and honor FAMU’s great tradition, both on the field and in the classroom,” said Winslow.

FAMU recently established the President’s Alumni Advisory Board on Athletics (PAABA). This group, made up of hand picked alumni will serve as a liaison between the president and the athletic director, providing strategic counsel and guidance on the general function and development of all FAMU Athletic Department programs. The board will be chaired by lieutenant colonel Gregory L. Clark, who also serves as the vice president for FAMU National Alumni Association. 

Winslow's career highlight lies in his tight end position. He played tight end for the San Diego Chargers for nine seasons (1979-1987), earning All-Pro honors five times. His impressive background has garnered him membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1995, NFL All-Time Team and the College Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2002. He previously served as the executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an affinity group comprised of minority members of the National Football League front office, coaching and scouting personnel. He was also director of planning and new business development at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

Winslow has also parlayed his athletic accomplishments with a successful career in the media. He currently serves as an analyst for Fox Sports Net College Football Saturday Studio Show. In the past years, Winslow has provided commentary for NFL broadcasts on CBS Radio, ESPN college football and for University of Missouri football.