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Ray Anderson
Position: Vice President for University Athletics and AD
Experience: 1st Year

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 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 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.

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