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University of maryland hires African American as Athletic Director

Courtesy University of Maryland Sports Department | 9/7/2010, 1:04 p.m.

Kevin Anderson has been hired as the new director of athletics at the University of Maryland, Acting President Nariman Farvardin and President-Designate Dr. Wallace Loh announced Saturday.

Anderson comes to Maryland from the United States Military Academy, where he has directed Army's athletics department since 2004. At Army, Anderson has been responsible for a 25-sport program that served more than 900 cadet-athletes.

"We conducted an extensive national search which was rigorous and insightful, and I am grateful for the dedication and commitment of the search committee, especially its Chair, Linda Clement. The search committee worked extremely hard and, in the final hour, Dr. Loh and I were in complete agreement that Kevin was the best person to lead Maryland Athletics," said Farvardin.

"Kevin has built a solid program of competitive and academic success at the U.S. Military Academy, supporting the student-athlete and demonstrating that academics and athletics can go hand in hand," said Dr. Loh. "I am convinced that his leadership will raise Maryland Athletics to even greater heights. We are delighted to welcome Kevin into the Terrapin family."

Anderson replaces Deborah A. Yow, who led the Maryland department of athletics for 16 years. She left this summer to become the athletics director at North Carolina State University.

While at Army, Anderson helped develop and manage a budget of $25 million and turned an operating deficit of more than a million dollars into a $2.73 million surplus in only five years. Sponsorship, ticket sales and fund-raising revenue have all increased during his time there.

Anderson led a team that negotiated a five-year, $55 million deal with CBS to televise the Army-Navy game, and worked on the agreement that will bring college football to Yankee Stadium, beginning this season with the Army-Notre Dame game. During his time at West Point, Anderson also brokered broadcast deals for Army's football program with ESPN, WABC Radio and its current five-year agreement with CBS College Sports Network.

On the field, Anderson has led a broad-based resurgence that has seen 20 teams earn berths in NCAA Championships, including programs in 10 different sports. Army improved its standing in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup by 11 places, marking its highest showing since the 2004-05 season and finishing ahead of both its service-academy rivals Navy and Air Force.

In the last two years, Anderson led searches that resulted in the hiring of Rich Ellerson as Army's football coach and Zach Spiker as the program's men's basketball coach. In his first season, Ellerson led the Black Knights to their winningest season since 1996 and came just one victory from a bowl berth, while Spiker posted the most wins by a first-year Army coach since Bob Knight led the Black Knights.

Another Anderson hire, Michelle DePolo, was named the 2010 Patriot League Softball Coach of the Year in her first season. In all, four coaches hired during Anderson's tenure were honored with league coach of the year awards in 2009-10.

A number of facilities improvements have been made during his tenure at Army. The Foley Athletic Center, Army's indoor practice facility, was completed in 2007. That joined the construction of Randall Hall, which houses coaches' offices and locker rooms for Army's men's and women's basketball teams, as well as luxury suites overlooking Michie Stadium.

Anderson oversaw the installation a new playing surface and a state-of-the-art high-definition video board in its football home. Anderson also spearheaded facility-improvement projects that included new practice fields, renovations for the baseball and softball complexes and an indoor practice facility for golf.

Anderson, who has more than two decades of leadership experience, has also been recognized nationally as a leader in intercollegiate athletics. He is the second vice president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He has served as chair for the NACDA's McClendon Minority Scholarship Steering Committee and serves as chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Issues Committee.

From January 2003 to December 2004, Anderson was the executive associate athletics director at Oregon State. In that role, he was responsible for the administration and operation of seven sports, including football, as well as men's and women's basketball.

Anderson spent five seasons at the University of California, Berkeley, advancing quickly in the Golden Bears' department. He moved from an assistant A.D. for annual giving to an associate A.D. for development and ticketing and ended his tenure there as the executive associate A.D. for external affairs.

Before taking the position with California, Anderson served as executive director of the YMCA of the East Bay from 1995 to 1997. He was director of annual giving for athletics at Stanford University from 1993 to 1995.

He is a 1979 graduate of San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He has attended the Sports Management Institute's executive management program and is a product of the new manager school at Xerox.

Anderson and his wife, Moira, have four children - daughters, Olivia and Michaela, and sons, Kevin Jr. and Chauncey.