Big East hires Val Ackerman as chief

Updated: June 26, 2013, 3:11 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

The new Big East has hired former WNBA president Val Ackerman as its first commissioner, the conference said Wednesday.

Ackerman emerged as the leading candidate in the past few weeks as the Big East looked for a leader in the days before it officially becomes a new conference on July 1.

The 10 schools were told of the hire Tuesday night. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"The Big East is incredibly fortunate to have Val Ackerman lead us into this exciting new chapter ...

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