Dr. John Eason Announces Retirement

Replacement to be announced Saturday

Florida A&M University Director of Athletics Dr. John Eason announced he will retire and step down as the Director of Athletics, effective Dec. 2.


“It has been my esteemed honor to be able to serve my alma mater at a pivotal time in the history of the University,” Dr. Eason said. “In each of my professional endeavors, it has been my intent to make things better and to make a difference. In my brief tenure, I believe that my team and I have made a difference in the lives of the young student-athletes and the athletics department. The new field turf, the refurbished academic center and improved APRs for some sports remind me that this has been time well spent. There is still much to do, and I wish the next Athletics Director the very best as he assumes this role.”


Eason, a FAMU graduate and former football star, was promoted to director of athletics in February 2019 after being hired as the interim in December 2017. He came out of retirement to return to his alma mater following an accomplished career in coaching and administration at Florida State and Georgia. 


Eason was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and has made several leadership changes in FAMU athletics, including hiring Willie Simmons as the Rattlers’ head football coach.


“Dr. Eason has served this University extremely well, not only as a player of the glory days, but came back here to serve as our AD” FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson said during Friday’s Florida Blue Florida Classic Luncheon. “He came me to in August of this year and indicated that he was going to resign. We never thought that he would be here for a very long time. We brought him out of retirement to come and do this on behalf of his alma mater and he agreed to do it. I talked Dr. Eason into staying around until the end of the season and he agreed to that. I want to personally thank you (Dr. Eason) for what you have done in helping build and strengthen this athletic program.”


A new Director of Athletics will be formally introduced at the Future of FAMU Athletics Fundraising Breakfast on Saturday morning at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.


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