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November 1, 2013

Clark named Temple AD

After serving as Temple's Interim Athletic Director since May 3, Kevin Clark was named Friday as the university's vice president and director of athletics.

News of Clark's hire first broke when a letter was sent to the university's Owl Club Friday morning.

"This is an incredible opportunity," Clark said in a release issued by Temple's athletic department. "I am thrilled and humbled to be taking on this key position at a school with an incredibly exciting athletics future."

Clark first came to Temple a year ago as a senior adviser to President Neil Theobald. Prior to their arrival on North Broad Street, Clark was Indiana University's former senior associate athletic director, and Theobald was its chief financial officer.

When former athletic director Bill Bradshaw's leave and eventual retirement became official back in May, Clark's role was described by Temple as an interim appointment, and the university said he would serve in that position until a national search for Bradshaw's successor was completed.

Since then, plans have changed.

"Kevin's positions at Saint Louis and Indiana universities give him extensive first-hand experience in both the financial and managerial challenges of sports at the highest levels," Theobald said in the university's release. "I believe he is exactly the person we need to take on the challenges our Athletics Department will encounter in the next decade."

Clark's last two years as Indiana's senior associate athletic director capped an 11-year tenure as a member of the Hoosiers' senior athletics staff. His responsibilities over the years ranged from overseeing the department's athletics business office and overseeing football, baseball and women's basketball to implementing long-term strategic planning initiatives. At Saint Louis, from 1996 to 2001, Clark was the assistant athletic director of business and finance and eventually the director of business administration-student development.

Clark, who is also a retired major with 23 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve, has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Grambling State University and an MBA from Webster University.

"Kevin has impressed me with his financial experience and dedication to do what's best for students. I am certain he will hit the ground running and lead Temple's program to even greater heights," American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said of Clark. "He and Neil Theobald have a strong vision for Temple athletics and we are proud to have them and Temple in our reinvented conference."

OwlScoop.com editor John Di Carlo can be reached at jgdicarlo@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @OwlScoop_com or @jdicarlo.

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