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The ASU athletic department has a new leader.

Steve Patterson, the chief operating officer of Sun Devil athletics and managing director of the Sun Devil Sports Group can now add a few more titles to his resume.

“I’ve made the decision to appoint Steve Patterson as vice president for University athletics and director of Sun Devil sports,” ASU president Dr. Michael Crow said Wednesday. “Those are two very important roles within the university. They should reflect, as we have done with the appointment of Lisa Love seven years ago, the importance of university athletics to ASU.”