Ole Miss Senior Executive Associate A.D. John Hartwell will be named Director of Athletics at Troy University Friday at 11 a.m. in a press conference at the Rane Auditorium in the Tine Davis Fieldhouse.
A native of Mobile and a 1987 Citadel graduate, Hartwell spent the past nine years in Ole Miss’ athletics leadership, including the final three as Senior Executive Associate A.D.
“John Hartwell exemplifies all of the characteristics that the selection committee and I were looking for as Troy’s next director of athletics,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “We had a deep and talented pool of applicants to choose from and that is a key indicator of how our athletics program at Troy has grown over the past decade. John is an experienced leader who has the perfect combination of experience, qualifications and enthusiasm to lead Troy into a new era of athletic competition.”
At Ole Miss, Hartwell has served as the Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer of the UMAA Foundation. He had day-to-day oversight of football, men’s basketball and baseball, along with sport oversight of men’s and women’s track and cross country and softball. He also oversaw the business office, the ticket office, the equipment room, merchandise sales, concessions and football scheduling during his tenure.
“I have truly enjoyed working with John the past five months in his role here at Ole Miss,” Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork said. “John has a great background in athletics at a high level, and from my experience in competing against Troy University during my time in the Sun Belt Conference, I believe he is a perfect fit for their program. I congratulate Dr. Hawkins for making this selection and we wish John, Heather and their family the best as they move to Alabama and represent Troy University.”
Bjork said an evaluation of the position will occur before beginning the process of filling Hartwell’s role.