December 8-9, 2021
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Kevin Warren

Commissioner, Big Ten Conference

The Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) voted unanimously on June 4, 2019, to select Mr. Kevin Warren as the sixth conference Commissioner in history. Commissioner Warren joins an esteemed lineage of Big Ten Commissioners, beginning with John Griffith (1922-45), Tug Wilson (1945-61), Bill Reed (1961-71), Wayne Duke (1971-89) and Jim Delany (1989-2020). Warren serves as the first and only African American Commissioner in A-5 history

The conference entered a new era on January 2, 2020, when Commissioner Warren officially began his tenure with the Big Ten. The overarching mission of the Commissioner is to respect the tradition of the Big Ten Conference, protect the conference, and to positively transform the conference. During his first year of service, Commissioner Warren launched a series of groundbreaking initiatives to address issues associated with mental health and wellness, social justice, voter registration and the international COVID-19 pandemic. These initiatives were imagined and instituted with the legacy of the conference’s student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans in mind.

Commissioner Warren remained focused and methodical during the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 7, 2020, the conference partnered with all 14 of its member institutions to create the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases. The Emerging Infectious Diseases Task Force members represent numerous disciplines across campus healthcare systems and schools of public health to provide counsel and sound medical advice to ensure the health, safety and wellness of the Big Ten’s students, coaches, administrators and fans. The Emerging Infectious Diseases Task Force is a valuable resource when conference officials need to interpret local, state and federal health department guidelines, and NCAA recommendations, to institute safety and wellness protocols.

Less than two months later on May 4, 2020, the conference announced the formation of the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, featuring representation from all 14 member institutions, as well as sport affiliate members Johns Hopkins (men’s and women’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s ice hockey). The goal of the Cabinet is to promote optimal mental health for Big Ten student-athletes through a comprehensive, systemic and interdisciplinary approach to establishing mental health programs, while also providing counsel, advice and expertise to the conference office.

Following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, Commissioner Warren wrote an open letter on June 1, 2020, announcing the formation of the Big Ten Equality Coalition. The Equality Coalition features student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and other members of the Big Ten family from all 14 member institutions, has a stated goal of seeking tangible ways to actively and constructively combat racism and hate around the world, while also empowering student-athletes to express their rights to free speech and peaceful protest. The United States Library of Congress selected Commissioner Warren’s open letter for inclusion in its historic collection.

Commissioner Warren earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University in 1986, his MBA from Arizona State University in 1988, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1990. Commissioner Warren is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Kansas, Michigan and the District of Columbia.