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One of Georgia’s senior athletic administrators is leaving for another job.

Arthur Johnson, the associate athletic director for internal operations since 2005, is returning to Texas where he said he expects to join the senior athletics administrative team.

“It’s a great opportunity and a special place where my wife and I both had a great time while we were there,” Johnson said Wednesday.

Texas announced Johnson’s position as assistant athletics director for football operations, the same title he held there from 2001-05, but Johnson said he expects to eventually hold the title of associate athletic director for football operations and be on the executive committee and operations committee with athletic director DeLoss Dodds and staff. Johnson also spent the three years at Texas as a special assistant to Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

At Georgia, Johnson was the point man in football scheduling and was responsible for oversight of facilities, human resources, event management and the football equipment departments. He also became the senior administrator working with football under new athletic director Greg McGarity during this past season.

“Arthur’s done a great job,” McGarity said Wednesday. “I’ve just worked with him for four months, but I knew that he had done an outstanding job really in our facility and construction projects over the last two or three years. …He had such a wonderful experience at the University of Texas that (athletic director) DeLoss Dodds and Mack Brown meant a lot to him in his personal and professional life and I think this was an opportunity he saw to get back to a place he truly love. It’s not that he doesn’t like Georgia, but Texas is obviously a special place for him.”

Johnson said the timing is right now for the move because major construction projects at Georgia—the Butts-Mehre expansion and Stegeman Coliseum concourse renovation—are finished.

“It was not an easy decision at all,” Johnson said.

Johnson was a college roommate at UGA of former Georgia athletic director Damon Evans, who resigned in July after a DUI arrest in Atlanta. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia in 1992 and a master’s in 1994.

At Texas, Johnson will handle scheduling, team travel, plan player-related activities, aid in the day-to-day operations of the football program and coordinate the Longhorns football camps, along with managing Moncrief Athletics Complex.

Johnson’s wife, T’Leatha, is a graduate of Killeen High School in Texas and also a UGA graduate.

Johnson is the first member of Evans’ staff to leave Georgia since McGarity became athletic director.

McGarity said that he expects sometime next week to have “plans in place” to fill Johnson’s position.

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