Arkansas-Pine Bluff fires Melvin Hines after one year as athletic director


PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Huntsville native Melvin Hines is out as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s athletic director after a little more than a year on the job.

The 48-year-old Hines was relieved of his duties, according to a news release from the office of UAPB Chancellor Laurence Alexander on Wednesday night.

Here’s the the release from the UAPB Chancellor.

Dear Golden Lion Family and Community:

“I write to you today to inform you of changes in the Athletics Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Melvin Hines, Director of Athletics, is no longer with the University. In an effort to build upon the positive momentum in the Athletics Department, Keith McCluney has been named Acting Director of Athletics effective immediately. Mr. McCluney, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director, has worked in athletics administration at major universities since 2004. As with all faculty and staff, Mr. Hines participated in an annual evaluation, which revealed that it was time to move in a new direction. We thank Mr. Hines for his service to UAPB athletics, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. A search for a new athletics director will begin immediately.”

“It is critical that UAPB’s leadership is in lockstep with the vision for this great university. I want you to know that the changes made today in no way affect our ultimate goal of achieving student success in both athletics and scholarship. We appreciate the strong support of our students, employees, alumni and community friends.We solicit your continued support during this time of transition. Go Lions!”

Keith McCluney, a senior associate in the athletics department, has been named acting AD “in an effort to build upon the positive momentum in the athletics department,” Alexander said.

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