Dr. Mikki Allen
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Dr. Mikki Allen

Dr. Mikki Allen was named the next director of athletics at Tennessee State University on April 9 and officially began his tenure on June 1.

Allen comes to Tennessee State after 11 years in sports administration, including his most recent position as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Player Relations and Development at the University of Tennessee. Under his leadership, Allen set a new standard in the Southeastern Conference by creating a comprehensive development and transitional assistance program for Tennessee football student-athletes. The program was designed to guide football student-athletes from enrollment through their transition to post-football professional careers.

Allen, a four-year letterman and member of the UT 1998 National Championship team, has strong ties to TSU, where he earned his master’s degree. His wife received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the university as well.

After a brief stint in the NFL due to injury, Allen joined the Tennessee Athletics staff in 2009 and excelled during multiple record-breaking fundraising years.  Allen played an invaluable role for Tennessee Athletics in helping to secure more than $20 million in capital campaign gifts during his tenure as an athletics fundraiser.

Allen, a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn. received his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2001, Master of Arts and Science in Sports Administration from Tennessee State University in 2007 and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2016. He is married to Jekia and has two children, Mikenzie and Jansen.