AUSTIN, Texas — Mike Perrin has been named men’s athletics director for The University of Texas at Austin and will serve in that role through the 2017-18 year. Perrin has served as interim men’s athletics director since September.
“Since Mike became interim AD, he has proved to be a resourceful and valuable asset to the athletics department, improving relationships with our fans and alumni,” said university President Gregory L. Fenves. “His experiences as a student-athlete and a successful lawyer and businessman have given him unique insight that complements his strong leadership. I am confident Mike will continue bringing positive change and pride to our Men’s Athletics Department.”
Fenves has informed Longhorns men’s head coaches and all Athletics Department employees of his decision.
“I am excited to continue the work I’ve begun over the past three months in moving Texas Sports forward, and I thank President Fenves for this opportunity,” Perrin said. “I am already working closely with coaches in all sports to provide the support they need to win on the field and prepare their students for life off the field. And I have been humbled and overwhelmed by the backing I’ve received from alumni, faculty and fans.”
Perrin was a Longhorn football letterman under Coach Darrell Royal in the 1960s and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a law degree from UT Austin.
He spent his career practicing law in Houston, where he was a partner in multiple law firms, most recently Michael W. Perrin PLLC before he was named interim men’s athletics director this year. He served on UT Austin’s Council for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and led fundraising campaigns at the law school. He has received the university’s Presidential Citation and is a member of UT Austin’s Men’s Athletics Hall of Honor.