Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen Announces Retirement Date
June 9, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tom Hansen announced today he will retire as Commissioner of the Pacific-10 Conference effective July 1, 2009. At that point, Hansen will have served as Pac-10 Commissioner for 26 years, the longest term ever served by a commissioner of a Football Bowl Subdivision Conference. In addition to his tenure as Commissioner, Hansen served seven years, 1960-67, as Director of Public Relations for the league, giving him a total of 33 years of service to the Conference. He was a member of the NCAA staff for 16 years in between his two stints with the Pac-10.
The Conference has enjoyed unparalleled success during Hansen's tenure. Pac-10 teams have won 204 NCAA championships to date since Hansen's arrival as Commissioner, a total outstripping any other conference by a wide margin. Accomplishments off the field have been equally impressive. Among the developments since Hansen assumed the commissioner position were the inauguration of the Pac-10's nationally prominent women's sports programs, dramatic expansion of the Conference football and basketball television programs, a prominent role in the development of the Bowl Championship Series and establishment of a strong lineup of bowl partners.
'Tom Hansen has led the Pac-10 for 25 years, through a remarkable period of accomplishment, winning more national championships than any other conference, as well as developing many new programs,' said Stanford University President John Hennessey, the current Chair of the Pac-10 CEO Group. 'We have been fortunate to have such a strong and capable Commissioner.'
'It has been a unique opportunity and an honor to be associated with the 10 outstanding institutions of higher education which comprise the Pac-10 Conference,' said Hansen. 'It has been a privilege to collaborate on advancing the Conference's interests with the Chief Executive Officers, faculty athletics representatives, directors of athletics, senior women administrators, coaches and other staff members of the member institutions. Each is outstanding in his or her role, and together make the Conference eminently successful, academically and athletically.
'I want to thank them for the opportunity to be Pac-10 Commissioner, a position I have held with pride, and for their support of the Conference and its programs during my tenure. I also thank the members of the excellent Conference office staff who have been supportive of me and work at the highest professional level to benefit the Pac-10's members and its student-athletes.
'This combination of excellence on campus and on the part of the staff has assisted Pac-10 teams and student-athletes in winning unparalleled team championships and individual honors.
'Being able to observe the accomplishments of the Pac-10's student-athletes has been a special benefit of the position and has supplied many moments of joy inspired by the athletic feats of these immensely talented young people.
'Another highlight has been the friendships I have enjoyed during my career with the commissioners of other conferences, NCAA and Pac-10 staff members, administrators and coaches at universities across the nation, representatives of the bowl organizations who volunteer their time to benefit college athletics and the executives of the media companies with whom the NCAA and Pac-10 have had relationships.
'The Conference currently is in particularly good shape competitively. The Pac-10 has won 13 NCAA championships during this academic year, still is in contention in baseball and has strong teams in men's and women's track and field. It could equal or surpass its Division I-record 14 titles won in 1996-97. It also has won non-NCAA national championships in men's and women's rugby and synchronized swimming this year.
'The Pac-10 will continue to be an outstanding Conference, and I will enjoy its future successes from another vantage point.'
Long active in NCAA affairs, Hansen has chaired and served on numerous NCAA committees, including the NCAA Oversight and Monitoring Group, the Division I Task Force on Recruiting, the Governance Subcommittee, the Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, the Gender Equity Task Force, the Amateurism Clearinghouse Advisory Group and the Nominating and Special Events Committee, among others. He also has served as President of NCAA Football and the Collegiate Commissioners Association and been on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, and served on that organization's national Honor's Court.
Among the honors bestowed on Hansen during his tenure at the Pac-10 are the NACDA Award for Administrative Excellence, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award, and the Foundation's Northern California Chapter Distinguished American Award.
While at the NCAA, where he was an assistant executive director, among primary assignments were administration for the football television program, the Men's Basketball Championship and the Committee on Women's Athletics. He also represented the NCAA in Washington, D.C.
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE: Announced the retirement of Commissioner Tom Hansen effective July 1, 2009.