Nov. 16, 2011
Arlington, Texas - President James D. Spaniolo announced Wednesday, November 16, that there will be a transition in leadership in the department of intercollegiate athletics. He and Pete Carlon have agreed that Carlon will step down as athletics director to assume a new senior leadership role.
"Pete is a great asset and resource for the University, and his contributions have been many," says President Spaniolo. "Under his leadership, our student-athletes have enjoyed outstanding academic achievement, and our athletics program has been typified by impeccable NCAA compliance."
Carlon joined UT Arlington in 1981 as the head athletics trainer. He served as assistant and associate athletics director from 1984 until being named director of intercollegiate athletics in 1996. Most recently, he played a crucial role in the University's decision to move to the Western Athletic Conference.
"The timing is right for a change in leadership in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics," says Carlon. "I will be forever grateful for the opportunity, the privilege, and the honor of leading our athletics department for the past 16 years. I want to thank President Spaniolo for his support of our department and for me personally."
The search for a new director of intercollegiate athletics will commence immediately. President Spaniolo expects to have the position filled before the end of December in advance of the first basketball games in College Park Center on February 1.
Carlon will continue to serve as athletics director until a successor is appointed.
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