Marquette University News Release

Statement from President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., on new Big East commissioner

June 26, 2013

I’m confident that we’ve found the right person in Val Ackerman to lead the Big East into its next chapter. An athlete, lawyer and sports executive with two decades of experience, Val is a role model for the kind of well-rounded success Marquette and our peers in the Big East strive toward for all of our student-athletes. As founding president of the WNBA, Val knows what it takes to lead a new league, and her experience in basketball operations will be a huge asset to the elite basketball conference we’ve created in the new Big East. In my opinion, the Big East is the most competitive basketball conference in the country right now, and I’m looking forward to watching some great games beginning this fall.

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