Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-01-19

Michael J. (Mickey) Newsome, president and chief executive officer of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., has been named Alumnus of the Year by the Samford University School of Business.

Newsome, a 1962 Samford graduate, joined the Hibbett company in 1965. President and chief operating officer since 1981, he was named to his present post in 1999.

"Mickey Newsome's entire career has been spent building Hibbett into a wonderful success story in sports retailing," said Samford School of Business Dean Dr. Carl J. Bellas. "We are pleased to be able to recognize his accomplishments with this award."

A board member of the National Sporting Goods Association, Newsome served as board chairman in 1989. He is also on the board of SportsTrend magazine.

Newsome is a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and the Birmingham Touchdown Club.

Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., is a chain of 280 small-market sporting goods stores located in 20 states.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.