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KENNESAW, Ga. — Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens announced Tuesday that Milton Overton has been named as the new director of athletics.
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Overton, a 25-year veteran of college athletics administration, has spent the last two years as director of athletics at Florida A&M University. He will be formally introduced at a press conference on KSU's campus Thursday, November 9 at 10 a.m. He is the fourth individual to hold the position at Kennesaw State.

"Milton Overton brings extensive skills and experience to our growing athletics program," said Olens. "We are confident that he will provide the leadership needed to continue Kennesaw State's competitive spirit for athletics and take the Owls to greater heights in collegiate sports."

Following a six-year stint as senior associate athletics director at the University of Alabama, and six years prior as associate athletics director at Texas A&M University, Overton was hired to lead Florida A&M Athletics in June 2015.

Overton has guided a remarkable transformation at FAMU. By instilling a sense of accountability and fiscal responsibility, the Rattlers made monumental strides in the areas of fundraising and fan development. For the first time in more than decade, the athletics department boasted a balanced budget in 2016-17, while achieving three consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising and ticket-sales growth.

"Kennesaw State University is uniquely positioned to reach extraordinary heights and I am proud to have an opportunity to play a role in the University's success through the Department of Athletics," said Overton. "President Olens' vision for KSU and his passion for academics and athletic excellence clearly align with my own personal mission to inspire difference-making leaders in our nation and across the globe. I believe a comprehensive world-class education, combined with a great college athletic experience, helps mold champions in life and on the field. I look forward to serving Owl Nation as we build champions together."

Florida A&M's revenue has increased by $2 million dollars under Overton's watch and fan participation has soared with the football team finishing among the top five in FCS attendance in 2015 and top three in 2016. One of his benchmark initiatives was the establishment of FAMU's giving program, "Investing In Champions," that was a key component of the increased revenue.

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