(Editor’s note: Big Sky Conference media release)
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference Council of Presidents have announced that Ron Loghry will serve as the interim commissioner at the league office. Loghry has been with the league through its many accomplishments in his current role as Deputy Commissioner.
“The Big Sky Council of Presidents is very pleased that Ron Loghry has agreed to serve as the Interim Commissioner of the Big Sky Conference,” said Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen. “Ron has been a trusted leader in the Commissioner’s Office for over 23 years. He knows the league inside and out, and he has a strong command of the budget. As the search for the next commissioner progresses, Ron is the ideal person to maintain the momentum and build on the successes of the Big Sky Conference.”
The search has begun for the seventh Commissioner in the league’s history. Andrea Williams was the league’s Commissioner for two years. Williams was recently named the College Football Playoff’s Chief Operating Officer.
The Commissioner shall be the Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Officer of the Conference. The Commissioner will report to the Presidents’ Council and work with the Conference Council to advance the mission and strategies of the conference.
The Big Sky enters the 2018-19 school year with the defending back-to-back NCAA National Men’s Cross Country Champions in Northern Arizona University. The league sent three teams to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs last year, including a Weber State squad that advanced to the quarterfinals. Seven different league football teams have been named to preseason top 25 polls for the upcoming season.
In June, the Big Sky announced the adoption of a Serious Misconduct Rule for all of its member and affiliate institutions. The Serious Misconduct Rule prevents individuals with a history of convicted violence to receive athletic-related financial aid or participate in practice or competition. The league has also hosted a health and wellness symposium over the last five years with topics that have addressed mental health needs of student-athletes, stress management, mentoring those that have alcohol and drug issues, bystander intervention, and sexual assault prevention on campuses.