Bob Bowlsby was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as a National Governing Bodies Council director in February 2007.
Bowlsby became the seventh commissioner of the Big 12 Conference on June 15, 2012. Prior to that, he served as director of athletics at Stanford University from 2006-12. At Stanford, he led a department that included 35 intercollegiate varsity teams, plus the physical education department, intramurals, club sports, open recreation and the Stanford Golf Course.
Prior to Stanford, Bowlsby spent nearly 15 years at the helm of the University of Iowa’s athletic program (1991-2006), which included 24 sports. In addition to his work with the athletic department, he served as chair of the NCAA Wrestling Committee and was on NCAA committees for financial aid and amateurism. He also served a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Committee, including two years as committee chairman.
Bowlsby has served as an Executive Committee member with both the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association, and was president of the I-A Directors group in 2002-03. He was elected chair of the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee and has been a member of the board of governors for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In addition, he was a member of the President’s Commission on Opportunities in Athletics, appointed by President George W. Bush.
A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Bowlsby earned his bachelor’s degree in 1975 from Moorhead State University, where he was a member of the wrestling team, and his master’s degree in 1978 from the University of Iowa. NACDA named Bowlsby as Central Region Athletic Director of the Year for 2001-02, and in 2002, he was selected as the Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal National Athletic Director of the Year.