|Position:||Vice President for University Athletics and AD|
|Other Position:||HIRED JANUARY OF 2014|
|Hometown:||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Major:||B.A. Political Science|
Ray Anderson was named Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director on Jan. 9, 2014.
“At ASU we have three priorities for our athletic director,” said University President Dr. Michael Crow, “help our student-athletes maximize their academic achievement and ensure they graduate on time; win; and win within the rules. Ray has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to accomplish those goals. Under his leadership, ASU student-athletes will continue to perform at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom. Ray will also play an important role in the university’s campaign to improve and expand its sports facilities through the development of the ASU Athletic Facilities District.”
Anderson has spearheaded a number of facilities projects in his first year at ASU, including the Sun Devil Stadium Reinvention and the baseball program's move to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. He has also led a variety of community intiatives, such as the Honor Row for military veterans and the Sun Devil Caravan Tour, and continued to meet and exceed academic goals.
He was recognized during the week of Super Bowl XLIX by the National Football League for his outstanding leadership with a desire to improving his community as he was presented with both the 2015 Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the NFL’s most prestigious honors.
Anderson joined the Sun Devil Family after serving as the executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League (NFL) since August 2006.
“In evaluating the next step in my career, I could not imagine a better, more exciting opportunity,” said Anderson. “I am thrilled to become part of the team at Arizona State and energized by the academic and athletic mission of this great university. I am eagerly looking forward to the challenge of not only continuing the success of Arizona State athletics but also building on it to accomplish even more in line with President Crow’s priorities.”
He served as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Atlanta Falcons for four years, and began his professional career as an attorney at Kilpatrick & Cody in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked primarily in labor law litigation.
A Los Angeles, California native, Anderson earned a BA in political science from Stanford in 1976 and a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 1979. He was an all-league high school quarterback and shortstop, and a three-year football letterman and two-year baseball letterman at Stanford.
Anderson co-founded the sports law practice at Heller, Ehrman, a prominent San Francisco firm, in 1980 and entered the sports agency business in 1984 when he opened the West Coast office for Sports Advisors Group. In 1987, he launched his own agency, AR Sports, specializing in the representation of NFL coaches and players and later adding Major League Baseball players. Anderson merged his agency with Octagon in 2001.
As an indication of the high regard in which Anderson is held, he was appointed to the NFL Committee on Workplace Diversity and was named to Sports Illustrated’s list of the "101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports." He was also named to the prestigious "100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.", a group dedicated to providing support and improving the quality of life for African-Americans, and to the Board of Governors of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority.
In April 2014 it was announced that Anderson would be a professor of practice in ASU’s new sports law and business program, a collaboration of the highly ranked Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and W. P. Carey School of Business.
He and his wife, Buffie, have one son, Bryant, and one daughter, Kimberly.
SUN DEVIL DIRECTORS OF ATHLETICS
Fred M. Irish, 1896-1913
George Schaeffer, 1914-1916
George Edwin Cooper, 1917-1921
Ernest Wills, 1922
Aaron M. McCreary, 1923-1929
Ted Edwin Shipkey, 1930-1932
Rudolf M. Lavik, 1933-1949
Donn Kinzle, 1949-1952
Donald R. Van Petten, 1952-1954
Clyde B. Smith, 1955-1971
Fred L. Miller, 1971-1980
Joe Kearney, 1980
Dick Tamburo, 1980-1984
Frank Sackton (interim), 1984-1985
Charles S. Harris, 1985-1995
Dr. Christine K. Wilkinson (interim), 1995-1996, 2000, 2005
Dr. Kevin White, 1996-2000
Gene Smith, 2000-2005
Lisa Love, 2005-2012
Steve Patterson, 2012-14
Ray Anderson, 2014-present