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 16 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 10 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.
Hilton is no stranger to North Carolina A&T. For the last 14years, 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.