May 10, 2003
Mike Hamilton will become the University of Tennessee's Director of Athletics July 1. UT President Dr. John Shumaker made the announcement in a May 10 press conference following a nationwide search to replace the retiring Doug Dickey.
Hamilton is moving to the AD chair from his position as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at the University of Tennessee. Prior to his current position, Hamilton had served as Associate Athletics Director for Development and Marketing, and was hired in 1992 as Assistant Athletics Director for Development.
His current title carries the full responsibility for UT's annual donors' program as well as all capital and planned giving. He assumed additional responsibilities this year for men's basketball and athletics marketing and promotional efforts. Gifts to the Volunteer Athletics Scholarship Fund have increased from $4 million a year prior to his arrival to $25 million in 2003.
Hamilton was honored in the spring of 1998 when the National Association of Athletic Development Directors named him National Fundraiser of the Year. The 39-year-old (Aug. 13, 1963) Hamilton, who grew up in Brevard, N.C., and is a graduate of Clemson, served as assistant director of the Deacon Club at Wake Forest before joining the Vol staff in 1992. He had earlier served as a graduate assistant in fund-raising at his alma mater.
Hamilton and his wife, the former Elizabeth Merrill, also from Brevard, are parents of a 7-year-old daughter, Madison, and a 4-year-old son, Matthew.