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Arizona State names Anderson AD, school vice president

Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Arizona State selected Ray Anderson as the school's new vice president and athletic director on Thursday.

Anderson arrives in the Phoenix area after serving as the NFL's executive vice president of football operations since 2006.

He replaces Steve Patterson, who left after two years with the university to take a similar post at the University of Texas.

"At ASU we have three priorities for our athletic director," said Arizona State president Michael M. 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 arrives as the Sun Devils' men's basketball team started the 2013-14 campaign with a 12-3 record, while the football team finished first in the South Division of the Pac-12 with an 8-1 record and went 10-4 overall, including a win over Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl.

"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."

01/09 17:33:58 ET