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Alcorn State University President Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. presented Derek Horne as the University's new athletics director during a news conference Friday, August 8, at the Vicksburg Expansion Center.

Senior Woman Administrator, LlJuna Weir had been serving as Interim AD since July 1.

Horne previously served as director of athletics at Florida A&M where he negotiated a $900,000 football contract for the HBCU. Prior to that post, he had a 15-year tenure at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, in athletics administration.Derek HorneHorne

As a student athlete at the University of Mississippi, Horne earned Academic All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) accolades as a senior and led his squad as team captain.

"Horne's background and accomplishments as an athletic director also demonstrates his strong leadership abilities and his commitment to develop leaders in-and-out of the classroom," said President Rankins.

For Horne, returning to Mississippi is like coming home and being named Alcorn's new intercollegiate athletic director is an opportunity he couldn't resist.

Horne will report to Alcorn later this month and begin to provide administrative direction and oversight for Alcorn's 17-sport athletic programs and activities.

Horne is a 1987 graduate of the University of Mississippi and a native of Quitman, Ga.

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