Short-Term Goals

Kevin Clark is the interim athletic director at Temple University, a job he assumed when former AD Bill Bradshaw took a leave of absence in May and then retired on June 30. But Clark, who came to Temple as Senior Advisor to Temple president Dr. Neil Theobald and remains in that position, has no designs on being the athletic director full-time.

Kevin Clark is the interim athletic director at Temple University, a job he assumed when former AD Bill Bradshaw took a leave of absence in May and then retired on June 30.

But Clark, who came to Temple as Senior Advisor to Temple president Dr. Neil Theobald and remains in that position, has no designs on being the athletic director full-time. His goal is to stay as AD for a year and then go back to spending all his efforts on his advisory position.

"(Becoming the full-time AD) wasn't part of the plan," admitted Clark. "The plan was to come over, do this for a year and work with the president as we do a national search. I'm really just trying to set the table for a new guy, doing the small things we're trying to accomplish.

"The biggest thing is the transition going into the new conference and the funding for our travel within the new conference and really laying the foundation for the new guy. I want to make sure there's a smooth transition from the Big East to the American Athletic Conference, we have a good financial model in place for the next five years, move the program forward, make sure coaches have resources they need.

"They can't have everything, but have a plan in place that's going to really take the program from where it's been. …Bill Bradshaw did a great job taking the program to where it's at and just trying to enhance that and take it to the next level."

Clark said the national search will begin sometime in the fall or winter and he will be on the committee that picks his successor. He said there are no guidelines yet as to what Temple will be looking for in a new AD, but that fundraising will be a big piece.

Clark came from Temple last November after spending 11 years at Indiana University, most of it working with Temple's new president. His last two years he was Senior Associate Athletic Director of Internal Operations and prior to that he was the Associate Athletic Director for Finance/CFO.

He also worked at Saint Louis University as the Director of Business Administration-Student Development and Assistant Athletic Director of Business and Finance and was a staff accountant with the NCAA. Clark spent 23 years in the Army Reserves.

Clark believes his extensive background, particularly in the area of financing, gave him the base he needed when he stepped into the AD position for Bradshaw in May.

"The good thing with this role as athletic director is I'm very familiar with it," said Clark. "I've been in administration for over 20 years. I have familiarity dealing with budgets, dealing with athletics, working with contracts. Then I've also been working with the president on the other side of the house, working with outside vendors on a master plan for the campus."

Theobald had been Indiana's senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2007 before coming to Temple. He previously held other positions at Indiana since 2002.

"Dr. Theobald was senior VP for Indiana University and really with my role working with him as chief fiscal officer in the athletic department, there was lot of interaction on major capital projects," said Clark. "I put together a five-year plan and 10-year plan and presented it to him for his approval. We built a relationship over time. I just realized he liked my work and the things I was doing and we built trust over time.

"When he took the president position at Temple he asked if I'd come along. It was a great opportunity, With my background on the fiscal side of the house, I could play a major role in helping him navigate through the process."

Presidents vary in their support of athletics. Temple has run the gamut, from the fully-invested Peter Liacouras, who is still present at games, to David Adamany, who very nearly oversaw the elimination of the football program before it was saved.

Clark said Theobald understands the place of athletics in a thriving university.

"He has the experience coming from Indiana, he understands what the big picture looks like," said Clark. "The academic piece is the No. 1 piece, but athletics plays a major role. It's almost a front porch if you will in terms of visibility. …The number of times the football team is on television, the basketball team is on television, if you make the NCAA Tournament or a bowl game.

"There's a lot of visibility with athletics. If it's done the right way it is very positive for the University. He's a big supporter of it, but he doesn't lose sight of the academic piece."

In the short time he's been at Temple, Clark has found a great deal of athletic promise.

"To be honest, I believe Temple is a sleeping giant," he said. "We're in the fourth-largest TV market. The visibility the university has across the country, the replication coming from the Midwest. …When I first thought about Temple, I thought Temple was a private school, because it has a private-school feel.

"It's a strong academic school, and there's unbelievable opportunities here at Temple to take it to the next level."

Clark believes he can continue Temple on the right path until the time is right to turn it over to a full-time athletic director.

"This isn't my first barbeque," said Clark. "I have a real good feel of where the department needs to be and where it's going and trying to lay some footprints in that aspect."

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