Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby received a contract extension on Friday, according to a press release issued by the conference headquarters in Dallas.
Bowlsby was named the new commissioner of the Big 12 in May 2012, replacing Dan Beebe in the post. Beebe was the Big 12 commissioner for five years before stepping down in the spring of 2012.
Bowlsby was athletic director at Stanford in the Pac-12 Conference when he accepted the Big 12 position as chief executive. He had three years remaining on his current contract. With the extension, the new agreement runs through June 2019.
The presidents of the Big 12 member institutions recognize the tremendous leadership Bob has provided, and look forward to his longtime stewardship of the conference,” Burns Hargis, board chairman and Oklahoma State University president said in a statement released by the Big 12.
Under the leadership of Bowlsby in his two years as commissioner of the Big 12, he was instrumental in securing a 13-year joint television agreement with ESPN and Fox, providing the conference with over-the-air and cable coverage of games on both networks.