Arthur Johnson, a veteran administrator who served the last seven years (2014-21) on the athletics senior leadership team at the University of Texas, was named the Vice President and Director of Athletics at Temple University on Oct. 6, 2021.
In his role of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration and Operations at Texas since 2014,Johnson was responsible for the internal management of the Longhorns athletics department. He played a major role on the senior leadership team that helped Texas capture its first-ever IMG Learfield Division I College Director’s Cup in 2020-21, snapping a string of 25 straight first-place finishes by Stanford.
At Texas, Johnson had direct oversight of a $35 million administration and operations budget while also serving as the varsity sport administrator for baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s swimming and diving with the programs combining to win six NCAA Championships during his tenure.
Prior to his current position at Texas, Johnson served as the school’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Football Operation for three years (2011-14). In this role he oversaw the non-coaching operational and administrative leadership for the program. It was his second stint at the University as he had served in a similar capacity from 1999 through 2005 as the Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations/Special Assistant to the Head Football Coach.
In between his time at Texas, Johnson served six years (2005-11) on the athletics staff of his alma mater, the University of Georgia, as the Bulldogs Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations. At Georgia he served as the sport administrator for men’s basketball while also providing strategic leadership on facility and capital planning with construction budgets exceeding $100 million.
A two-time Georgia graduate, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1992 and master’s degree in 1994, Johnson also had served as the Administrative Assistant for Football Operations at the University of North Carolina (1999) and the Manager of Football Operations at Arizona State University (1996-99).
A native of Thomasville, Ga., Johnson and his wife T’Leatha have a nine-year-old son, Aaron.