FAMU Stalwarts Eddie Jackson and Michael Smith Honored at Florida Classic Night of Distinction

December 02, 2022
Florida Classic Night of Distinction
FAMU Stalwarts Eddie Jackson and Michael Smith Honored at Florida Classic Night of Distinction

(from left) Loretta Smith, Michael Smith, Larry Robinson and Sharon Robinson

Florida A&M University Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith and president of the 220 Quarterback Club Eddie Jackson were honored at the Florida Classic Night of Distinction.

A former Rattler football player, Smith is serving his second stint as interim athletic director. He had previously served in the role from June 2013 to April 20.

With more than 25 years at the University, Smith has also served as the associate director of Athletics for Internal Operations, director of Business and Auxiliary Services, Title IX chairperson, an auditor with FAMU’s Inspector General’s Office, and the business manager for the Division of Student Affairs. Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from FAMU in 1985. 

A FAMU alum, Jackson worked in various roles at FAMU, including sports information director under the legendary Jake Gaither, and director of the communications and vice president for University Relations under President Frederick S. Humphries. 

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Since his retirement in 2002, Jackson has continued his staunch support for the University and its athletics program. He has led the 220 Quarterback Club to financially support football and other programs. In the past decade the group has donated more than $200,000 to various athletic programs and the Marching “100” Band.

“To be honored by your Alma Mater is one of the greatest honors one can receive. After my family, FAMU has been the wind beneath my wings,” Jackson said in a statement. “During my nearly 40 years as an employee, I never felt like I was going to work. FAMU became

my home away from home. Many thanks to President Robinson and his fine staff.”

The Bethune-Cookman University Night of Distinction Honorees were longtime booster John Bryan and brother, Lee, and the Rev. Nelson Pinder, an Orlando civil rights icon and B-CU graduate.