FAMU hires Hall of Famer as AD

Florida A&M has hired a new athletic director, confirmed by the university’s communications office Monday afternoon.

Less than a week on the job, FAMU President Elmira Mangum has brought a Hall of Famer to the Hill. Mangum, who officially assumed her post April 1, has appointed 56-year-old Kellen Winslow Sr. to replace Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith.

The university will formally introduce Winslow as its athletic director at a press conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. inside the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center.

Winslow was an All-American at the University of Missouri before being selected No. 13 in the 1979 NFL Draft. The five-time Pro Bowl tight end was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 after nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

After his playing career, he earned his juris doctorate from the San Diego School of Law in 1993.

More recently, Winslow served four years as athletic director at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He was later hired in August 2012 as vice president for athletics and wellness at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc., but resigned within a year following the resignation of the school’s president.