PHOENIX, AZ - Arizona State University President Michael Crow introduced
Ray Anderson as the school's new Vice President of Athletics saying that Anderson "possessed all the qualities necessary to do an outstanding job as our new Athletics Director."
Crow lauded Anderson as a person who demonstrates: "outstanding sports experience, executive experience, business experience and athletic experience."
Crow continued to discuss the goals for the ASU athletic department, saying that the future requires all of the following:
1) Deliver an outstanding academic/athletic program.
2) To win and be competitive year in and year out.
3) To connect to the community both inside the University and the general community at large.
4) To make it all work financially.
Anderson is currently the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the NFL, but says coming to Arizona State is his "dream destination."
"I'm excited, eager and thrilled to be here", said Anderson, adding, "This is an awesome opportunity that will require unbelievable collaboration and cooperation."
Anderson says he wants to make ASU an excellent opportunity for the athletes who come here and added, "I'm up for the task."
Anderson joined the NFL in 2006 after serving as the Vice President of the Atlanta Falcons. He attended Stanford University, earning a BA in political science in 1976 and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate Degree from Harvard Law School in 1979.
He started his career as an attorney at Kilpatrick & Cody in Atlanta, Georgia and worked primarily in labor law litigation.
In addition to working for the NFL he's also been a player agent. He co-founded a sports law practice at Heller, Ehrman in 1980 and entered the sports agency business in 1984.
He was an all-league high school quarterback and shortstop and a three year letter winner in football and two year letter winner in baseball at Stanford.
"In evaluating the next step in my career, I could not imagine a better, more exciting opportunity," Anderson said.
Anderson will finish up his duties with the NFL at this year's Super Bowl and will return to Tempe to begin his duties as Athletics Director on February 5, 2014.
Dr. Crow added that he was looking for a person with a "skill set" outside the university setting.