Aaron Tillman, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, joined the Florida State University Student-Athlete Academic Services staff in March 2018.
Prior to joining the FSU staff, Aaron attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. In 2015, Aaron was offered a position as an Athletic Academic Advisor at FAMU, where he supported 14 of FAMU’s 16 teams, including Football, Baseball, Track and Field, Softball, and Volleyball. Aaron also helped to facilitate Rattler Summer Institute (RSI), which helped incoming freshman and transfer students get acclimated to the university. Additionally, he was responsible for implementing FAMU’s first electronic academic monitoring system, GradesFirst.
Aaron is an award-winning higher education professional, receiving the Best of State Award from the Florida Academic Advising Association (FLACADA), 1st place from the Society of Professional Journalists for his documentary, The Need to Belong. Aaron also received the N4A Professional Excellence Award, in which he is one of the two members in FSU SAAS history to ever receive the award. Additionally, Aaron served as the N4A Ethnic Concerns Committee Chair (2021-2022), is currently a member of the FSU President’s Council for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and serves as the FSU Athletics Department Diversity Officer. He is the author of Finding Christ in College, which reveals how he overcame the many trials of being a college student.
As the Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development, Aaron develops strategies for the holistic development of student athletes, to enhance their mental health, social-emotional growth, and multicultural competence. Aaron’s areas of expertise are leadership development, Adlerian therapy, assessment & analysis, public speaking, student engagement, and facilitation. Working alongside the Director of Student-Athlete Development, Aaron works to provide comprehensive development and diverse experiences, preparing all student-athletes to make meaningful and enduring contributions to society.
Aaron has been married to his college sweetheart Stephanie, since 2012, who shares his passion to empower young people. He is also a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).