Having recently resigned from his post as NFL executive vice president of football operations, Ray Anderson was named the new athletic director at Arizona State University on Thursday.
Anderson, who began his professional career as an attorney, replaces Steve Patterson at ASU. After working 18 months as ASU’s athletic director, Patterson left to take the same position at the University of Texas in November of 2013.
Anderson spoke about his excitement for the job in his introductory press conference:
I love the professional arena, but once they get to us, they are kind of down a different path. The opportunity to have a different group of student-athletes at a point in life where they’re not necessarily going down the professional path, they’re just trying to find their path in what they’re going to do, to have an impact and an influence on that really, really drove this decision and made this so special.
This is not a stepping stone for me to anywhere else. This is a destination. I’m going to be here as long as I am effective, as long as I am a collaborator, as long as I am a teammate and as long as my boss thinks I am deserving of this honor (Anchorage Daily News).
President Michael Crow chimed in on why Anderson was a good hire:
You have to seize opportunities when they appear and we have seized this opportunity to find Ray Anderson.
More than any other thing, we weren’t looking for any particular skill set. We were looking for a breadth of experience and intellect matched together in a single person. Ray was that person.
Anderson will continue to work for the NFL until after the Super Bowl.
[Source: Anchorage Daily News]