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Temple names Texas administrator Arthur Johnson next AD

NCAA Basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at Temple

Dec 2, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; General view of the Liacouras Center prior to a game between the Temple Owls and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

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PHILADELPHIA - Temple named Arthur Johnson, a veteran administrator at Texas, as the Owls’ new athletic director.

Retired Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy held the job on an interim basis since Pat Kraft left in 2020 to become AD at Boston College.

Johnson, in his role of senior associate athletic director for administration and operations at Texas since 2014, has been responsible for the internal management of the Longhorns’ athletic department.

“During a remarkable 25-year career, he’s been instrumental in raising the competitive profiles of three storied athletic programs - the University of Texas, the University of Georgia and Arizona State University - and he’s uniquely prepared to lead and elevate Temple to a similar championship status,” Temple President Jason Wingard said Wednesday in a statement. “After an extensive search that yielded intense interest from industry-leading candidates across the nation, Arthur emerged as best exemplifying the proud tradition, and expected future, of excellence in academics and athletics that Temple represents.”

Johnson takes over at Temple with a basketball program that is just 19-28 under coach Aaron McKie and a football program that tried for years to build an on-campus stadium to help boost interest and create revenue.