The name Claude Thigpen was synonymous with the Florida State Athletic Ticket Office for many years.
Thigpen worked as the Athletic Department Accountant for eight years following his graduation from FSU in 1955. In 1962, Thigpen became the Athletic Ticket Manager. These complex duties included
selling, assigning and distributing season and game tickets for all Florida State Sports. He organized the ticket operation into a smooth functioning unit and was constantly on the alert for new ideas
for more expedient operations of the department's overall business dealings.
In 1974, he assumed a new position as Athletic Business Manager. He continued to head the ticket operations and added the new responsibilities of budget and fiscal control.
In 1978 Thigpen received another promotion when he was named an Assistant Athletic Director. In this position he supervised the complete ticket and game day stadium operations and coordinated the
athletic department courtesy car program. Claude also had the added responsibilities of coordinating team travel, including motel and transportation arrangements, for the Seminole football squad, a
party of up to 185 people. For many years he continued to direct season ticket drives for all sports.
In 1987, when Bob Harbison left the football coaching staff, Claude had the distinction of working with the athletics department longer than any other employee. He retired in 1990 following 35 years
of outstanding service.