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Valerie B. Ackerman

Val Ackerman was named the fifth Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference on June 26, 2013. The founding President of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a past President of USA Basketball, which oversees the U.S. men's and women's Olympic basketball program, she is one of the few sports executives who has held leadership positions in both men’s and women’s sports at the collegiate, professional, national team and international levels. Ms. Ackerman attended the University of Virginia as one of the school's first female student-athlete scholarship recipients. She was a three-time captain and two-time Academic All-American for the Cavaliers’ women’s basketball team and the first 1,000-point scorer in the program's history.  She graduated with high distinction with a BA in political and social thought in 1981 and played one year of professional basketball in France before earning a law degree from UCLA. Ms. Ackerman is a recipient of the University of Virginia’s Distinguished Alumna Award and the Emily Couric Leadership Award.