Big Ten Announces Seven Staff Promotions and One Hire

July 2, 2014


Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany today announced promotions for seven conference staff members as well as the hiring of one staff position.

Diane Dietz was promoted to Deputy Commissioner, Public Affairs, after serving as Chief Communications Officer since 2010. In addition to managing the branding and communications departments, Dietz will oversee external communications initiatives on behalf of all departments including technology, television administration, finance, operations, governance, compliance, championships and officiating. In her new role, she will continue to develop policy initiatives as appropriate with conference and institutional representatives on a variety of national, regional and local matters. Prior to joining the conference office, Dietz was a senior executive at Comcast Corporation from 1996-2008. She graduated from the University of Michigan with honors before earning her juris doctorate cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Scott Chipman was elevated to Associate Commissioner, Communications, after spending the last nine years as an Assistant Commissioner. He will continue to manage the Big Ten Communications department, overseeing five staff members focused primarily on messaging, media relations and operations, social media efforts and coordination of publicity for all 28 official conference sports.

Robin Jentes was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Branding, after having served as Director since 2007. She oversees the conference’s comprehensive brand management initiatives, providing strategic planning and leadership for long-term development and evolution of the Big Ten brand.

Jade Burroughs, Kerry Kenny and Jessica Palermo have each been elevated to director positions and will staff the Big Ten’s New York City office, providing expanded coverage and service to each of the conference’s member institutions and industry partners.

Burroughs was promoted to Director, Branding, after filling the role of Associate Director since 2011. She will assist in the development and implementation of marketing efforts to ensure that all partners adhere to approved brand strategy, messaging and graphic standards.

Kenny was promoted to Director, Compliance, and enters his seventh year at the conference office. He will continue to work in compliance while also serving as the primary administrator in the conference’s collaboration with the Ivy League to study head injuries and concussions.                                                                                   

Palermo was promoted to Director, Championships, and enters her sixth year at the conference. She will continue to manage Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, serve as the conference liaison for select coaches groups and the Sports Management Committee while also working with BTN on the scheduling process for various sports.

Alex Macht was elevated to Assistant Director, Video Services, following two years as an intern in the conference video department. He will work primarily with the men’s basketball officiating program.

Kristina Minor joins the Big Ten as Assistant Director, Compliance, and will assist in all Big Ten and NCAA compliance-related functions at the conference office. She joins the Big Ten after working at the NCAA. Minor earned a law degree from Marquette University in 2013 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 2010, where she competed as a tennis student-athlete.

TRANSACTIONS: Diane Dietz promoted to Deputy Commissioner, Public Affairs; Scott Chipman promoted to Associate Commissioner, Communications; Robin Jentes promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Branding; Jade Burroughs promoted to Director, Branding; Kerry Kenny promoted to Director, Compliance; Jessica Palermo promoted to Director, Championships; Alex Macht promoted to Assistant Director, Video Services; and Kristina Minor hired as Assistant Director, Compliance.