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Big-12 Extends Commisioner Bob Bowlsby’s Contract

The Big 12 Board of Directors has extended Commissioner Bob Bowlsby‘s contract through June 2025, they announced on Friday via Twitter.

“I’ve been with the Big-12 for a little more than five years and we’ve had our challenges, but we’ve also had our successes,” said Bowlsby in a video released via Twitter. “I like the institutions that I work with. I like my colleagues here at the Big-12 office. The contract is coming to a close, so we either had to extend it or decide not to extend it, and I’m pleased that we have. I’m looking forward to the next eight years of leading the conference, and I’m looking forward to the things that we’ll achieve.”

Bowlsby, who was named the fourth full-time Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference on May 4, 2012, is in the midst of his sixth year as commissioner.

“On behalf of the Presidents and Chancellors of the Big-12 conference, I am absolutely delighted that Bob Bowlsby has accepted an extension on his contract,” said E. Gordon Gee, the Chairman of the Big-12 Board of Directors from West Virginia University. “This is an important time for college athletics. It’s an important time for the Big-12, and to have a valiant, committed leader, who understands college athletics better than anyone in the country, leading our country, is something that’s very important to the league, the individual schools, and I believe college athletics.”

Bowlsby has previously served as president of the NCAA Division I-A Athletics Directors’ Association, chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (2003-04, ’04-05) and chaired the NCAA Management Council.  In addition, he has also chaired the NCAA Wrestling Committee, served on NCAA committees on Financial Aid and Amateurism, the Special Committee to Review Amateurism Issues and the Special Committee to Review Financial Conditions in Athletics. Additionally, under his leadership, the Big 12 Football Championship Game was reinstated beginning with the 2017 season.

“At the very heart of everything Bob Bowlsby does is focused on what’s best for student-athletes,” said Joe Castiglione, the VP for Intercollegiate Athletics from the University of Oklahoma. “I know that’s an important role for us as athletic directors and it’s really gratifying to have someone in the commissioner’s chair, not only understand the goals and the dreams of student-athletes but to work daily to make them experience the best it can be.”

The Big-12 announced their conference schedule last month.

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