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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Florida A&M University's new Vice President and Director of Athletics, Kortne Gosha, announced Friday (Dec 27) the appointment of Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Interim Atheltic Director, Keith McCluney, as the next Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief of Staff of FAMU Athletics.famu keith mccluneyMcCluney

"We are thrilled to welcome Keith McCluney to our Florida A&M Athletics family," Gosha said. Keith brings a wealth of athletics administration experiences and oversight for external operations. His diverse background will be a key asset to our strategetic plan to move FAMU athletics to the NEXT LEVEL."

McCluney will replace Dr. Genyne Boston as the Deputy Athletics Director. Boston submitted her letter of resignation from the position in early December. McCluney will start Jan. 3, 2020.

"I am excited for the opportunity to join this extraordinary team of professionals that will take Rattler Athletics to a new level of excellence," McCluney said. "I cannot wait to get to Tallahassee and begin working on the infrastructure to support the extremely talented student-athletes, coaches, and dominant programs that we already have on The Hill."

A native of Shelby, N.C., McCluney comes to Florida A&M after serving as the Executive Senior Associate AD/External and current Interim Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas at Pine-Bluff.

Prior to his time with the Lions, McCluney served as the Associate Athletic Director for Development at Florida Atlantic University; however, his most significant contributions and impact came during his three years of leading the Blue Raider Athletic Association at Middle Tennessee State University. Under his leadership at MTSU, the Blue Raider Athletic Association experienced unprecedented growth and completely overhauled their development process while positioning the organization for sustained long-term annual fund growth and preparing the donor pool for future major capital projects.

McCluney is no stranger to the Power 5 or HBCU communities. Prior to his stint at MTSU, McCluney spent four years at Wake Forest University, where he served as the Director of Regional Development for the Deacon Club. As part of the Deacon Club team, McCluney's primary focus was soliciting and securing major gifts to fund strategic initiatives and capital projects for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

McCluney is a former football student-athlete and graduate of Fayetteville State University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. McCluney is also a graduate of the Sports Management Institute (SMI) and the North Carolina A&T State University Leadership Academy.

McCluney also has memberships to the National Association of Athletic Directors of Development (NAADD) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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