Big 12 Commissioner to Speak On ‘Business of Sports’ in Tulsa

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Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference commissioner, will be the second featured speaker at the Tulsa Business Forums, hosted by the Spears School of Business.

Bowlsby will present “The Business of Sports” to the Tulsa business community from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tickets are available online at, or by calling 866-678-3933.

Each year, the forum series showcases prominent business, political and world leaders, authors and policymakers to the Tulsa business communities. The Tulsa Business Forums is coordinated by the Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University.

Bowlsby was introduced as Big 12 Conference commissioner on May 4, 2012. The hiring of Bowlsby as the Big 12’s fourth full-time commissioner was praised throughout college athletics as another step in continuing the strength and stability of the conference.

Before joining the Big 12, Bowlsby served as the athletic director at Stanford University for six years. The program, hosting 35 varsity sports and claiming an unprecedented 17 consecutive Learfield Sports Directors Cups, is considered one of the top overall athletics programs in the country.

Throughout his career, Bowlsby has emerged as a national leader in intercollegiate and amateur athletics. He was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors in 2007 and will complete that term at the 2014 Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia. In 2002, President George W. Bush chose Bowlsby to be a member of the Commission on Opportunities in Athletics.

Bowlsby has previously served as president of the Division I-A Athletics Directors’ Association, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and chair of the Management Council. In addition, he has also served on the Wrestling Committee, committees on Financial Aid and Amateurism, the Special Committee to Review Amateurism Issues and the Special Committee to Review Financial Conditions in Athletics.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) named Bowlsby in 2001-02 as Central Region Athletic Director of the Year, and Sports Business Journal selected him from the four regional award winners as the National Athletics Director of the Year. The award highlights the efforts of the athletic directors for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.

The 2012-13 Tulsa Business Forums will close with television journalist Tom Brokaw on Tuesday, April 2, at the Mabee Center as he presents “The Voice of a Generation.”

For more information or to learn about how you can participate as a sponsor, email Karen Ward at or visit

Updated 02-14-2013

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