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Hilton III

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Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Alma Mater: Lamar
Graduating Year: 1992


Earl M. Hilton III was announced as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on Feb. 3, 2011 after serving as the interim for three months.  As the director of athletics, Hilton serves as the chief executive and administrator for 17 Division I varsity sports governed by the NCAA. In his position, Hilton oversees the fiscal management of North Carolina A&T Athletics, provides guidance for 11 head coaches and he sets the department's direction through his communications with University leaders and constituents, alumni and friends, city and community leaders and financial supporters. 

Under Hilton’s leadership, the North Carolina A&T department has made tremendous strides academically and athletically. In August of 2015, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at North Carolina A&T State University was awarded a multiyear, comprehensive grant through the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Accelerating Academic Success Program in the amount of $277,284 to be distributed in three annual installments beginning in 2016. 


The North Carolina A&T football program has the second highest rise in APR score in the nation over the last five years. The Aggies football program has gone from a 2008-09 single year score of 828 to a 2013-14 single year score of 958. Five teams from Aggie Athletics recorded a perfect APR score of 1000 in 2013-14. Those teams were women’s tennis, women’s basketball, bowling, volleyball and swimming. In each of the past three academic school years, North Carolina A&T has had at least 130 student-athletes secure a 3.0 or higher grade point average. 


Athletically, the Aggies have won a combined 24 MEAC regular-season or tournament/championship titles under Hilton and played in 10 postseasons and have won six contests while there. The North Carolina A&T track and field team sent a record 13 athletes (men and women) to the NCAA championships that produced a first-team All-American in the 100 meters and four first-team All-Americans in the 4x100 meter relay in 2017. Track and field took a record 24 student-athletes to the 2018 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round.  

In addition, three men were selected in the MLB (Cutter Dyals) and NFL (Tarik Cohen and Brandon Parker) drafts respectively in 2017 and 2018. The North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team earned the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament win with a 73-72 triumph over Liberty in 2013. Fundraising efforts have also improved.  The Aggie Athletic Foundation, the official fundraising arm of Aggie Athletics, raised more than $500,000 each of the past four years. Hilton helped to establish the AAF charter in 2011.  


Hilton is no stranger to North Carolina A&T. For the last 17 years, Hilton has served in various leadership roles throughout the university. He came to North Carolina A&T in 2000 as an assistant athletics director for compliance. A year later, he was promoted to the position of associate athletics director for internal affairs. Hilton's responsibilities included serving as the finance, compliance and personnel director for Aggie Athletics from 2000-02. 

After his first stint with Aggie Athletics, he spent eight years an assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the university. His duties included budget oversight, personnel development and management. In addition to his role in student affairs, Hilton assisted Aggie Athletics in its second-cycle NCAA certification. 

Hilton received his B.S., degree in political science in 1992 from Lamar University. He also has a Master's degree in public administration and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University. 

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