Big 12 Conference Tabs Bowlsby As New Commish

On Thursday the Big 12 Conference announced that Bob Bowlsby has been named the new Big 12 Commissioner.

The search has ended for the commissioner, who will lead the Big 12 Conference into the future.

On Thursday, the Big 12 announced that Bob Bowlsby has been unanimously selected to be the new commissioner of the Big 12, and will replace active interim commissioner Chuck Neinas.


"The presidents and selection committee have made a tremendous choice in Bob Bowlsby," Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said in a statement released on Thursday. "He is one of the most well respected leaders in the profession.  He is engaged with the change that confronts the collegiate athletics landscape from conference realignment, to television contracts and the postseason football format.  Bob has been part of two trendsetting conferences and there is not a better leader to help position the Big 12 Conference for the future."

Bowlsby, who has served as the Athletic Director at Stanford for the past six years, will assume the duties on June 15.

In the NCAA, Bowlsby has served as the president of the NCAA Division I-A Athletic Director's Association, chair of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Committee and has also chaired the NCAA Management Council, among other things.


"Hiring a person of Bob Bowlsby's caliber reflects the commitment the universities have to the Big 12 Conference," Texas Tech University Preside Guy Bailey said in a statement released on Thursday. "Athletics departments under his leadership and guidance have achieved tremendous success, and there is no doubt that will carry over to the conference office."

Bowlsby will be officially introduced as the new Big 12 Commissioner on Friday during a 10 a.m. press conference to be held at the Big 12 office in Irving, Texas.

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