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Dave Hart, Jr., became Florida State’s 10th athletics director after a national search selected the former East Carolina athletics director in February 1995. Hart has gained national recognition for his skills in the areas of athletics management, public relations, student-athlete welfare, marketing and fund-raising. He brought to Florida State an outstanding reputation as one of the country’s most respected athletics directors. Prior to being named athletics director at FSU, Hart was the architect of significant growth in East Carolina’s athletics program from 1987-1995. Under his leadership, ECU dramatically enhanced its reputation and image while demonstrating marked strides in fund-raising and facilities as well as funding for women’s athletics.