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Dr. Donnie Horner named Chief Athletics Officer

Dr. Donnie Horner has been appointed to serve as Jacksonville University’s new Chief Athletics Officer, 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.”

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.