Join the KBA August 14th for our Monthly Luncheon, Sponsored by Governer’s Gun Club & Catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill! Our guest speaker this month will be Milton Overton, Kennesaw State University’s Athletic Director.
More about our speaker:
Milton Overton was named Director of Athletics on October 31, 2017, and officially took over the reins at Kennesaw State University on Dec. 13. A 25-year veteran of college athletics administration, Overton spent the last two years as director of athletics at Florida A&M University. He is the fourth individual to hold the position at Kennesaw State. 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. In the midst of his arrival at KSU, the Owls were putting together the most successful season in program history in 2017-18, capturing seven regular-season championships and winning two more tournament titles. In all, Kennesaw State sent eight teams to NCAA postseason play, culminating with football advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs in just its third season of competition. Kennesaw State added one more trophy to its case at the end of the year, winning the 2017-18 ASUN Bill Bibb Trophy as all-sport champions of the league. The Owls overtook three-time defending champion FGCU, registering 240 total points out of a possible 339 for 70.8 percent. Overton 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. Florida A&M’s revenue increased by $2 million 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. Thanks in part to Overton’s emphasis on academics and NCAA compliance, FAMU boasted higher team grade point averages and increased APR scores across every sport. Under his watch, each Rattler team remained eligible for NCAA postseason competition for the first time in several years. At Alabama from 2009 to 2015, Overton provided oversight for $25 million in budgets and equipment, while producing $6 million in new revenue-generation and cost-saving initiatives. He oversaw seven units, including the No. 1 trademark licensing program for intercollegiate athletics – Crimson Tide Productions – marketing and branding, outbound ticket sales, photography, coaches film video group, athletics information and event technology, track and field, and cross country. As a member of Texas A&M’s senior staff, he raised $250,000 for men’s tennis facility upgrades and led the technology renovations and construction for several other facilities, including Kyle Field. He also provided oversight of seven TAMU sports programs. Overton is a 2009 graduate of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Pathway Program – formerly known as the NCAA’s Fellows Leadership Development Program. The Pathway Program provides senior-level athletics administrators with a rigorous curriculum and mentorship for preparation on becoming a director of athletics. As a 2007-2008 NCAA Fellow, Overton participated in a yearlong, intensive learning opportunity for 12 selected senior leaders representing NCAA Divisions I, II, and III. A four-year starter as an offensive lineman at the University of Oklahoma, Overton earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1995. He went on to earn two master’s degrees from OU in 1998, one in higher education and administration and the other in human relations. Overton worked in academic services and as the CHAMPS/LifeSkills Coordinator for OU before joining the athletics department at Texas Christian University in 1999. Overton was director of academic support at TCU, where he also served as an adjunct professor. Overton was the founder and CEO of Enki System Inc., from 2000-2011, which provided software solutions for athletic and academic support programs across the country, generating over $1 million in gross sales. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Overton has two sons, Micaiah and Lebbeus.
Date and Time
August 14, 2018
11:30 AM — 1:00 PM