DeLoss Dodds (born August 8, 1939) was the sixth men's athletic director of The University of Texas at Austin. During his tenure beginning in the fall of 1981, Texas has claimed 13 National Championships and 103 conference titles through September 29, 2011. Dodds announced on October 1, 2013 that he would be retiring in 2014. However, following the approval and hiring of Steve Patterson to be the next men's athletic director in November 2013, Dodds became a special assistant to University of Texas President Bill Powers on November 25, 2013.
Dodds was born August 8, 1939, in Riley, Kansas. He is married to Mary Ann Chamberlain and they have three children, Doug, Deidre, and Debra. Dodds is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he was also a conference champion in the quarter mile in 1959. Prior to taking his current position at Texas, he was the athletic director for the Kansas State Wildcats for five years, from 1977 to 1981. Prior to that, Dodds was head track coach at Kansas State, a position he held from 1963 to 1976, during which time his teams captured six Big Eight Conference championships.
Dodds was hired in 1981 and is in his 33rd year as the University of Texas' athletic director. During his tenure he has helped Texas through many major events, including the 2010–12 conference realignment frenzy and $380 million in athletic facility upgrades. Among all NCAA FBS athletic directors, Dodds is the seventh highest paid athletic director with a salary of $627,109 per year.
Over the years, Dodds has won many awards and earned many achievements including: