Bob Bowlsby

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Bob Bowlsby
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Robert Addison Bowlsby

(1952-01-10) January 10, 1952 (age 69)
Alma materMoorhead State University (Bachelor's 1975)
University of Iowa (Master's 1978)
OccupationBig 12 Conference Commissioner[1]
Years active2012–present
PredecessorDan Beebe
Spouse(s)Candice Bowlsby

Robert Addison Bowlsby (born January 10, 1952) is the fourth commissioner of the Big 12 Conference[1] replacing Dan Beebe. Prior to that position, he served as the athletic director at the University of Northern Iowa,[2] University of Iowa, and Stanford University.[3]


Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Bowlsby was the AD at the University of Northern Iowa, until taking over as the athletic director at the University of Iowa from 1990 to 2006 prior to becoming Stanford's sixth athletic director in 2006.[3] In 2012, he was hired to be commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.[1] Bowlsby was selected as the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee Head in 2006. He was also a part of the United States Olympic Committee for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Personal life[edit]

Bowlsby is a graduate of Moorhead State University (now called Minnesota State University Moorhead) and earned a master's degree from the University of Iowa. He is married with four children, Lisa, Matt, Rachel and Kyle.


  1. ^ a b c "Big 12's Bob Bowlsby introduced". May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Big 12 introduces Bob Bowlsby as next commissioner". USATODAY. May 4, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Iowa AD Bowlsby hired to do same job at Stanford". ESPN. April 25, 2006. Retrieved August 10, 2011.

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