Mike Hill of University of Florida named athletic director

Mike Hill to replace Judy Rose as 49ers athletic director this March

| February 28, 2018

Mike Hill. Photo courtesy of UNC Charlotte.

Mike Hill, the current Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at the University of Florida, will be taking over as 49ers athletic director starting March 15.

The search for an athletic director, led by Turnkey Search Managing Director Gene DeFilippo, was narrowed down to two finalist: Hill and Phil Esten, Penn State deputy athletics director and chief operating officer. Chancellor Philip L. Dubois announced his final decision Wednesday.

According to Dubois, Hill’s accomplishments during his 25 years at the University of Florida made him stand out.

“Mike has a deep background in a highly successful athletic program from a ‘Power Five’ conference, so he has played lead roles in hiring and working with highly successful head coaches, negotiating multi-million dollar media agreements and facilities naming rights, and being on point in external relations for the Gators,” Dubois said. “But we were equally impressed by his sports administration experience and his dedication to the welfare and personal development of student-athletes.”

Hill will replace Judy Rose, who served as UNC Charlotte’s athletic director for 28 years but announced in January that she’d retire in June.

“I am completely humbled by this opportunity to lead the Charlotte 49ers,” said Hill. “The campus and facilities are spectacular, but what impresses me most are the people. I can’t wait to return to the city that has so many special memories for me and get to work.”

Hill, a Clemson, NC native, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1990 with a degree in communications and political scicence.

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Alexandria Sands Alexandria is the Niner Times' managing editor. She is a senior studying Communications with a double minor in Journalism and Film. Alexandria has reported and photographed for The State Port Pilot, The Gaston Gazette, The Shelby Star and Creative Loafing. When she's not in the newsroom, you can catch her reading a book on Oak Island's beach. Reach her at managing@ninertimes.com or @alexsands_.