Oct. 23, 2008
The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and chairman Richard Herman, Chancellor at the University of Illinois, announced today that Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and the conference have agreed to a contract extension through June 30, 2013.
Delany has led the Big Ten through significant periods of change and growth that have helped the conference maintain its preeminent position as one of the nation’s leaders in providing quality athletic and academic experiences for young people.
He has championed women’s athletics, adopting a gender equity action plan in 1992 which made the Big Ten the first conference to voluntarily adopt male/female participation goals. Since that time, over 2,000 new participation opportunities for women have been created, resulting in a 53/47 male/female participation ratio.
Other key accomplishments include the expansion of the conference to 11 institutions with the addition of Penn State in 1991, development of the first collegiate version of football instant replay in 2004 and the creation of the first national conference-owned television network with the launch of the Big Ten Network in 2007.
“The presidents and chancellors of Big Ten institutions are unanimous in their support for the constructive leadership Commissioner Delany has provided this conference during his tenure,” said Herman. “Jim has been extremely successful in the development of media-related resources which have directly benefited our athletic programs and the thousands of men and women student-athletes they serve.”
Only the Big Ten’s fifth commissioner since its founding in 1896, Delany is in his 20th year in that role which started in July of 1989. Over the past two decades, he has worked with the presidents and chancellors to set high academic, athletic and ethical standards to assure a positive role for student-athletes at each institution.
“I am excited to extend my contract with the conference,” said Delany. “I am exceptionally fortunate to serve this union of 11 world-class academic institutions which are so fully committed to the academic and athletic success of the student-athlete.”