Dr. Donnie Horner

Dr. Donnie Horner  

Professor of Management,
Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs / Provost

​ E: dhorner3@ju.edu

CV: Dr. Donald Horner.doc

Donnie Horner accepted appointment as Provost and Sr. Vice President for University and Academic Affairs at Jacksonville University (JU) on July 13th, 2016.  He previously served as Director of Athletics and Chief Athletics Officer at JU from June 2014 – June 2016.  As Chief Athletics Officer, Horner was responsible for 501 student-athletes competing in 20 NCAA Division I sports.  During his 2 years guiding intercollegiate athletics, JU teams won 29 individual and team championships while earning a collective 3.13 GPA, with 18 of 20 teams exceeding a 3.0 GPA.

Horner returned to JU as the Chief Government and Community Affairs Officer in June 2013 after serving for two years as the City of Jacksonville's first Education Commissioner, a cabinet level appointment in Mayor Alvin Brown's administration.  He has been at JU since July 1st, 2009. 

Dr. Horner was the Class of '61 Chair and the Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland from January 2005 – May 2009.  While at the Academy, he had a joint appointment with the graduate school at the University of Maryland – College Park.  From 2000-2005, Dr. Horner served as an Associate Professor and Director of the Engineering Leadership Development Program at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.  While at Penn State, he held faculty status in the College of Engineering, the Department of Sociology, the Science, Technology, and Society Program, and was a faculty affiliate and member of the admissions committee at Schreyer Honors College.

A native of Bressler, Pennsylvania, Horner graduated 16th in the Class of 1981 from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering, and was an Army football QB.  He also received an M.S. in Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University.   He has taught at Christopher Newport University, Stanford, West Point, Penn State, the University of Maryland, the Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Jacksonville University.  As an Army officer, Horner commanded units at the Platoon, Company, and Battalion levels.  He served extensively overseas, including during conflict in Panama and Bosnia. 

Horner was appointed by Secretary of Defense Les Aspin to serve on President Bill Clinton's joint interagency working group to investigate sexual orientation and military service in 1993.  He also worked as a futurist on the Army After Next transformation project, and served on the faculty in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point. 

He was appointed by Ambassador David Abshire to serve on the Advisory Council of the National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership Education.  Dr. Horner has written and consulted extensively in the areas of organizational culture, leadership, and high performing teams, and appears regularly as a media analyst on these topics.  Horner was the only NCAA Division I Athletic Director in America with dual status as a full Professor in the university's College of Business. 

Dr. Horner has significant leadership experience with fundraising, development, and community engagement.  In 2007 while at the Naval Academy, he designed and implemented a leadership academy and outreach program to St. Benedict's Prep, an inner city school in Newark, New Jersey.  The program continues to receive national acclaim – most recently on 60 Minutes – as a model for outreach to underserved minority high school students.  Horner has instructed for the Jacksonville Regional Political Leadership Institute, the statewide Connect Florida leadership academy, and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Children's Commission, and was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal with its inaugural "Veteran of Influence" award in 2014. 

Dr. Horner is married to the former Donell Iva Fryer of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Horner's have two children:  Donnie III, a U.S. Naval Academy and JU graduate (MBA), and Ashley, a graduate of The George Washington University and the College of Charleston (MA). 


Stanford University, Stanford, CA

M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

M.S. in Transportation (Systems), United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

B.S. in General Engineering​