AUSTIN, Texas – In 32 years of unprecedented leadership as a Division I athletics director, DeLoss Dodds has guided The University of Texas to national acclaim and championship success. Under his guidance, the Texas Longhorns have won 14 National Championships and 108 conference (Southwest Conference and Big 12) titles in nine different men's sports.
On Tuesday, Dodds announced his intention to retire as Men's Athletics Director, effective Aug. 31, 2014.
"I love The University of Texas, and I love the people. We've had a great run," said Dodds, 76. "I have been contemplating this decision for awhile. (University of Texas President) Bill Powers and I have talked it over, and this is something I am ready to do at this time."
Dodds said he will remain active through the department's transition.
"I promised to let people know well in advance. I want the university to have the appropriate amount of time to find a successor, and I want to ensure that the athletics department can prepare and execute a succession plan for new leadership," Dodds said.
Powers will lead the efforts to find a new Men's Athletics Director for The University of Texas.
"DeLoss Dodds is one of the giants of college athletics," Powers said. "His vision reshaped The University of Texas and the entire NCAA, and it's been an honor to both work with him and call him a friend for so many years.
"I know that we will never truly be able to replace DeLoss Dodds. But the house that he built will remain strong for future generations of Longhorns."
For more information visit the University of Texas' Athletics website.