New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Big East has named Val Ackerman its new commissioner.
Ackerman, a 2011 inductee into the women's basketball Hall of Fame, will serve as the first commissioner of the newly reconstituted league. The 10-member conference, which broke away from schools of the now-named American Athletic Conference, will be headquartered in New York City and begin operations on July 1.
"The Big East is incredibly fortunate to have Val Ackerman lead us into this exciting new chapter for our conference," said Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., President of Providence College. "Val is exactly what the Big East needs -- she embodies the highest personal and professional values of the sports industry, and is a hard-charging and innovative leader who can shepherd the conference to continued success."
Ackerman has nearly 25 years of experience as a high-level sports executive. She worked for the NBA as a staff attorney, special assistant to commissioner David Stern and vice president of business affairs before taking over as the first president of the WNBA.
"I am honored to be given this incredible opportunity to work in partnership with the 10 world-class institutions that are marching ahead under the Big East banner," said Ackerman. "Our mission is simple -- to continue and enhance the Big East's legacy of intense competition, spirited rivalries and unparalleled achievement, not only in college basketball, but in all intercollegiate sports."
Ackerman most recently served as a consultant to the NCAA, completing an analysis of the state of women's basketball.