Jacksonville University is very pleased to announce that Dr. Donnie Horner has been appointed to serve as new Chief Athletics Officer at Jacksonville University, effective immediately.
“Dr. Horner is a proven leader of the highest character,” said JU President Tim Cost. “Student-athletes help form the backbone of our student community, and we take their success seriously, both on and off the field.”
A native of Bressler, Pa., Horner graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science, and played quarterback for the Army football team under Head Coach Homer Smith. He later served as the Officer Representative of Academics & Operations for Army Football. He received an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. A Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., Horner served as the Faculty Representative to the Naval Academy Athletic Association. He currently serves as Chief Government & Community Affairs Officer and Professor of Management in the Davis College of Business at JU.
“Our highest priority is well-rounded student-athletes. We are proud of what we produce at JU: well-educated leaders of character who make good citizens,” said Horner. “I look forward to working with our coaching staff and student-athletes as we move forward.”
Horner replaces Brad Edwards, who has accepted the position of athletic director at George Mason University. Edwards served as the head of athletics at Jacksonville University since 2012.
“He is a hard-charging and driven leader. We wish him well in his new assignment,” Cost said.
Horner will work with Edwards in transition over the next month.
About JU Athletics
Jacksonville University’s nearly 500 student-athletes compete in 19 Division 1 teams. In 2013-14, the Dolphins won seven conference titles, the most ever in a single academic year, and JU student-athletes tallied their highest overall average GPA in years, with more than 200 student-athletes earning GPAs above 3.0, more than 100 above 3.5 and nearly 30 with a perfect 4.0. In 2013-14, for the fourth time, JU won the Atlantic Sun’s Sherman Day Trophy, awarded to the women’s all-sports champion. It also claimed four NCAA Public Recognition Awards for 2013-14, based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, with women’s golf, men’s cross country, women’s cross country and indoor track & field all honored. In the last two years, beautification upgrades were completed to Historic Swisher Gymnasium; the Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex was officially dedicated; enhancements were made to Sessions baseball stadium; work began on a new football/lacrosse stadium at Milne field; and construction was completed on the Southern Oak Soccer Stadium, a remodeled football locker room, the Swisher Golf Practice Facility and the Dolphin Sand Volleyball Facility. For more on the JU Dolphins, visit judolphins.com.
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