OVC names woman new commissioner

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 1:30pm

Beth DeBauche, who began her career in college athletics at Vanderbilt, has been named Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, the conference office announced today.

DeBauche becomes just the eighth woman all-time, and fifth currently, to lead a Division I conference.

“I am both humbled and delighted to have been selected by the presidents as the commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, given its history of academic and athletic excellence,” DeBauche said in a release. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the presidents, administrators, faculty and student-athletes of the OVC and I am looking forward to a bright future for the conference.”

In 2008 the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) named DeBauche the Conference/Organization Administrator of the Year.

Since 2001 she has served as the NCAA’s Director of Division I. She was an assistant athletic director for compliance at Vanderbilt from 1994-96. In between she worked at the Southeastern Conference and the Collegiate Commissioners Association.