Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Temple appoints Kraft as new AD

new Temple AD Patrick Kraft
PHILADELPHIA - Temple University has promoted Dr. Patrick M. Kraft to Athletic Director.

Kraft, who has been serving as Temple's Deputy Director of Athletics,  is replacing Kevin Clark, who is moving to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Kraft and Clark also served together at Indiana University where Kraft oversaw marketing and ticketing efforts for all of the Hoosiers' programs. His efforts at Indiana helped increase home football attendance to its highest mark in two decades.

Kraft moved to Temple in 2013.

"Pat's expertise, coupled with his enthusiasm for high quality student athletics, is apparent to anyone who has worked with him," said Clark. "I know he is dedicated to producing a student-athlete experience that is every bit on par with the high quality of a Temple education."

Kraft said he was humbled and excited with the appointment.

"Temple is an extraordinary university and its athletics programs are advancing with tremendous support from our students, faculty, coaches, parents and alumni," said Kraft. "Our athletics programs build greater name recognition for Temple around the region and across the country."

As Deputy Director of Athletics, Kraft oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, while working closely with the vice president and director of Athletics on strategic planning, including facility development, Title IX compliance, and student welfare issues. Kraft’s other responsibilities included oversight of several units in the department including marketing and promotions, communications, ticket operations, business office, equipment operations, retail and licensing, and department-wide branding initiatives.

Kraft also served as the sport administrator for the Temple football program, which includes personnel, budgeting, student-athlete conduct and welfare, APR planning, game scheduling, academic monitoring, and student-athlete counseling.

Kraft played football at Indiana, where he earned three degrees from the university: a Ph.D. in sport management (2008), a master's in athletic administration (2005) and a bachelor's in sport marketing in the School of Kinesiology (2000).

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