AUSTIN -- The University of Texas has found a new men's athletic director. Arizona State Athletic Director Steve Patterson will take the job in Austin.
Patterson, 55, comes to UT after longtime Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds announced his retirement in October. Dodds served as UT's AD for 32 years.
Patterson has been the athletic director at ASU only since March 2012. Previously he worked for more than two decades as an executive with the NFL’s Houston Texans, the NBA’s Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Aeros hockey team. He also served as president of Pro Sports Consulting.
“Steve Patterson emerged as the perfect candidate to build on Texas’ athletic success and DeLoss Dodds’ legacy,” said UT Austin President Bill Powers. “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 is a Texas graduate as well as a graduate of the UT Law School.
Dodd, 76, plans to step down in August 2014 and move into a consulting role. During his tenure, the Texas men's program has won 14 national championships and 107 conference titles, most notably the 2005 national football championship.
Patterson's appointment is subject to approval from the UT System Board of Regents, which is scheduled to meet Nov. 12 and 13. Patterson would begin at the university later this fall.