2018 Sun Devil Bowl Guide

26 H Y U N D A I S U N B O W L | D E C . 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 A R I Z O N A S T A T E F O O T B A L L 2 0 1 7 B O W L G U I D E R ay Anderson was named Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director on Jan. 9, 2014, and has quickly begun to redefine the collegiate athletics landscape over the course of his tenure at ASU. “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 was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Minorities in Sports in February 2016, noting that he had “helped position the Sun Devils as one of the most innovative brands in college sports.” Highly influential in the world of collegiate athletics, Anderson is a board member of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, a member of the NCAA Football Oversight Committee, Chair of the new Ad Hoc NCAA Competition Committee, and most recently the Green Sports Alliance. Anderson was also one of a group of minority athletics directors to meet with NCAA President Mark Emmert and NCAA Leadership at the 2016 College Football Playoffs in Phoenix and encouraged the creation of a collegiate “Rooney Rule” to encourage diversity and inclusion in the hiring of athletics leadership. The initiative led the NCAA Board of Governors to create a pledge for university chancellors, presidents and conference commissioners to publicly express their support for diversity and inclusion efforts within intercollegiate athletics. While national trends lean toward downsizing athletics departments and eliminating non-revenue generating sporting programs, Anderson has made it his mission to not only add NCAA Division I sports at Arizona State but expand educational and scholarship opportunities for future Sun Devil student-athletes. The 2015-16 academic season and four-year Academic Progress Rate under Anderson demonstrated his dedication to the “student” in student-athlete, as ASU hit record highs in both. From 2012-13 through 2015-16, the department recorded an APR of 991 – second only to Stanford in the Pac-12. ASU’s single year overall APR in 2015-16 was an all-time high of 990. In May 2016, Sun Devil Athletics announced the reinstatement of the men’s tennis program at Arizona State – an act made possible through a $1M lead gift from Anderson himself and his wife, Buffie. The donation came just a month after Sun Devil Athletics announced a strategic alliance with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) to leverage the resources of a research-based University to grow the sport of tennis locally, nationally and globally. In November 2014, Anderson announced the addition of the Men’s Ice Hockey program, which was made possible through a record-setting $32 million donation, the REIMAGINING SUN DEVIL ATHLETICS WITH RAY ANDERSON