Pac-12 CEO Group extends contract of Commissioner Scott through 2018

Juan O'Campo

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The Pac-12 CEO Group announced today that it has extended Commissioner Larry Scott’s contract through the academic year of 2017-2018. As part of the extension, the CEO Group – made up of the 12 university presidents and chancellors – also named Scott as the Executive Chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises.

In just over four years as Commissioner, Scott has transformed the Pac-12 into a modern Conference that is setting the standard in collegiate athletics with its athletic success and contribution to its member institutions. In 2012, with strong support from the leadership of the Conference’s member institutions, Scott created Pac-12 Networks, distinguishing the Pac-12 as the only collegiate conference to wholly own and operate its own media platform.

“On behalf of the entire Pac-12 Board of Directors, we are delighted to announce a contract extension with Larry and the new title of Pac-12 Commissioner and Executive Chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises,” said Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President of Washington State University and Chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group. “Larry’s leadership and vision is critical as we realize our tremendous potential as a Conference built on a firm foundation of academic excellence and superior athletic achievement. Pac-12 Enterprises will continue to provide exposure to our athletic programs, student-athletes in all sports, and world-renowned academic programs, as well as deliver long-term financial value for our institutions to help fulfill our core academic missions.”

Scott became the sixth commissioner of the Conference on July 1, 2009. Scott has led the Conference through expansion for the first time since 1978 by successfully adding Colorado and Utah, created a Football Championship Game, transformed the Pac-12 basketball tournaments into must-attend events, secured agreement for equal revenue sharing, delivered a landmark media rights agreement with ESPN and Fox, and created Pac-12 Networks.

"I am honored and gratified by the support from the CEO Group of our great institutions," Scott said. "We have reached a number of key milestones in the past four years and none of this would have been possible without the vision and commitment of our board."

Scott has also led a rebranding of the Conference, and launched the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative as a way to proactively promote the Conference and member institutions through student-athlete exchanges and sport. In its first two years, Pac-12 student-athletes have enjoyed unique cultural and athletic experiences in China, and the Conference and its member institutions have gained significant brand exposure for the future.

About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” earning 127 NCAA team titles since 1999-2000, and has led the nation in NCAA Championships in 47 of the last 53 years, with 459 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University.  Conference offices are located 25 miles east of San Francisco in Walnut Creek, Calif. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to http://www.pac-12.com.

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