Howard Milton was named Senior Associate Athletics Director, Development in July 2016. He is charged with leading athletics development as the unit enters a critical period of aggressive growth.
Milton joined the Athletic Development staff in 2005 after spending his first four years at Illinois as Assistant Athletic Director for Event Management. While serving in this capacity, Howard served as the event management liaison to the Chicago Bears during the 2002 football season, as well as the Championship Director for the 2001 Big Ten Cross Country Championships, 2004 NCAA men's gymnastics championships, 2005 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and 2005 ITA/USTA Men's National Indoor Tennis Championships. In a four-year period, Howard coordinated game-day operations for volleyball, softball, men's basketball, men's and women's gymnastics, wrestling, baseball, and football.
Since being named Associate Director of Athletics for Development, Howard has been given the opportunity to oversee the $169.5 million Illinois Renaissance campaign of State Farm Center. Howard's primary role in the Office of Athletic Development is working to cultivate and solicit major gift donors. In addition to serving as the unit's primary campaign liaison, Howard also manages the Fighting Illini car program and all premium seating sales efforts for both football and men's basketball.
A Winfield, Kansas native, Howard holds two degrees from the University of Kansas. He earned a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication Studies in 1997 and a master's in Higher Education Administration in 1998. Howard and his wife Barclay, live with their three children; Connor, Claire, and Callie in Champaign.