Florida A&M has hired Tiffani-Dawn Sykes as the school’s new Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

She previously served as the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Varsity Sports and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

“I’m honored to have been chosen to lead one of the nation’s most historic athletic programs,” said Sykes. “With this being the 50th anniversary of Title IX, I recognize the significance of my joining the FAMU family in this role. I look forward to working with all of the Rattlers in continuing the outstanding legacy that resides on the “Highest of Seven Hills,” Sykes added.

Sykes has held many sports roles in her experienced athletic background.

Sykes served two stints as the interim Sports Information Director and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Grambling State University, where she earned her master’s degree in sports administration.

According to Sports Illustrated, during her well-established career, she has held the roles of:

  • Sports information in 2002 at Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia, and accepted the role of the Senior Woman Administrator.
  • Sports Information Director and SWA at Virginia Union University.
  • Sports Management Specialist in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conference office.

The hiring of Sykes comes after a months-long search following former FAMU AD Kortne Gosha’s abrupt exit.

FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., said, “We are happy to welcome Ms. Tiffani-Dawn Sykes into the FAMUly. Her credentials are impeccable, and her demonstrated commitment to excellence is what we need to move our program forward.”

“I am excited about this hire and look forward to working with her to take FAMU to the next level. I must also extend a special thank you to Interim VP/AD Michael Smith for his exemplary service during his tenure,” Robinson added.