Val Ackerman was named the fifth Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference on June 26, 2013. She was 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 was the U.S. representative to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for eight years. She is currently a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, the Board of Directors of the U.S. Soccer Federation, and the Board of Directors of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
She is a 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was an Academic All-American on the women’s basketball team, and received her law degree from UCLA in 1985.