Penn State's Spanier to chair BCS presidents' group

August 31, 2010

Penn State president Graham Spanier has been named chairman of the 12-member Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Presidential Oversight Committee. Spanier replaces Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman.

"The BCS system enjoys strong support from the Presidential Oversight Committee, and Dr. Spanier is the perfect person to lead the committee for the next term," said BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock. "He knows that college football is thriving because it has the best season anywhere, delivers the national championship game, and preserves the appeal and pageantry of the bowl system."

The Presidential Oversight Committee, which was expanded in 2009 to include a university president or chancellor representing each Football Bowl Subdivision conference and the University of Notre Dame, manages the BCS with particular focus on policy, format, revenue distribution and contractual obligations.

"I am honored by my presidential colleagues to be selected to lead the governance activities of one of the great modern traditions in intercollegiate athletics," said Spanier. "The BCS will endeavor to serve the best interests of our universities, our student athletes and the many alumni and fans who follow collegiate football."

Spanier is a founding member of the BCS Oversight Board, where he has represented the Big Ten since its inception. He is a former chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and has served as chair of the Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors.

  • Penn State President Graham Spanier has been named chairman of the 12-member Bowl Championship Series Presidential Oversight Committee. Click on the image above for a high-resolution version.

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