Ray Purpur

Deputy Dir., Athletics, PE & Recreation, Stanford University


Ray Purpur is in his 17th year with Stanford University and serves as the Deputy Athletic Director. He came to Stanford in January 1994 from University of The Pacific, where he had been an Assistant Athletic Director from 1990-1994 after starting as a graduate assistant in 1987.

In his current position, Purpur oversees facility development, facility management, Capital Planning & Real Estate, Events & Operations, Guest Services, Accounting & Finance, Business Affairs and Human Resources. The management of the Stanford Golf Course, the Stanford Community Recreation Association and the Stanford Red Barn Equestrian Center also report directly to Purpur. On the sports side, Purpur directly over sees Women's and Co-ed Sailing, Men's Rowing, Women's Rowing, Lightweight Women's Rowing and Baseball.

During his time on The Farm, Purpur has managed over $375 million in athletic and campus recreation facility projects. New athletic facilities on the campus include competition and practice sites for track and field, softball, field hockey, soccer, rugby, fencing, swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming, squash, golf, sailing and rowing.  Major projects have included the Avery Aquatic Center, Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation, Maples Pavilion, and Stanford Stadium.  

Recently completed projects have included the renovated Cagan Stadium, a new Stanford Campus Recreation Association, the Arrillaga Gymnasium and Weight Room and two new artificial practice fields. Also in construction is the new Olmstead Coaches Housing complex, which includes 25 single family homes. All other athletic and recreational facilities have seen major renovations to keep them modern and up to current standards.

Future projects on the Master Facilities Plan include a new Stanford Golf Course Clubhouse and a complete study of the existing course.  Active in the community, Purpur is past President of the San Joaquin American Heart Association, Child Abuse Prevention Council and Past Chairperson of the San Jose Arena Authority. He is a current national board member of Positive Coaching Alliance, University of the Pacific-Pacific Fund, and current President of the Stanford Faculty Club.

Purpur graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1987 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He obtained a master's degree from University of The Pacific in 1994 in Sports Administration. He and his wife Terrie, are the parents of a daughter, Alicia (born September 22, 2000), and a son, Ryan (born March 7, 2002), and live on the Stanford Campus.

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