ASU’s Patterson Named Texas’ New Men’s Athletic Director

ASU's Steve Patterson Named Texas' New Men's Athletic DirectorA Texas Ex will soon be at the helm of UT’s men’s athletic programs.

After a monthlong, nationwide search, UT has named Arizona State University’s athletic director Steve Patterson, BBA ’80, JD ’84, as Texas’ next men’s AD. He replaces 76-year-old DeLoss Dodds, who held the position for 32 years and announced his retirement back in early October.

The 55-year-old UT grad comes back to the Forty Acres after serving as ASU’s AD for the past year. Prior to that, Patterson spent two decades as an executive for pro teams in the NBA and NFL, including the Houston Texans and the Houston Rockets. He also previously headed up Pro Sports Consulting, a company that provides services to companies that operate professional sports properties.

Patterson was chosen by an eight-member advisory committee convened by President Bill Powers in mid-October. Among the committee members were two UT System regents and Texas Exes’ own president, Charles Matthews. Recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International also assisted in the search.

“Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas’ athletic success and DeLoss Dodds’ legacy,” Powers said in a release. “Steve helped build an NBA championship team and brought the Super Bowl game to Houston. Far more important, he’s run a winning program at Arizona State that places students first and is committed to their lifelong success.”

Patterson’s appointment has to first be cleared by the UT System Board of Regents, which is scheduled to meet next week. If approved, he’s expected to begin on campus later this fall.

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