COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors announced today the commission of an independent Advisory Committee to assess the USOC’s governance structure. The committee will be chaired by Paul Tagliabue, National Football League Commissioner (NFL) from 1989-2006 who currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The committee will assess the size, structure and operating practices of the USOC Board, and will recommend changes, if appropriate, for consideration by the Board. The additional members of the committee have not yet been selected, but will include constituent representation.
"The board of the USOC felt the time was right for an independent assessment of our governance structure, and we are extremely pleased that someone with Paul’s sport, business and leadership credentials is willing to take on this role," said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. "I believe that Paul is the ideal person to lead this committee, and the Board is confident that the independent review panel will conduct a comprehensive and discerning analysis, taking into account the unique composition and needs of all members of the U.S. Olympic Family. We look forward to hearing their findings and recommendations."
"It is a privilege to serve the USOC and its stakeholders," Tagliabue said. "I've been fortunate to have had many special experiences in sports, amateur and professional, as well as in the not-for-profit sector. And I'm sure that the opportunity to collaborate in this vitally important project with others committed to the Olympic tradition will be very positive and constructive."
Tagliabue, who captained the Georgetown men’s basketball team while an undergrad, has had a rich career in both the nonprofit and business sectors. During his 17 years as NFL commissioner, the organization grew from 28 to 32 teams, expanded league commitments to community service, developed unique television and new media partnerships, operated under successive long-term labor agreements with its players association, focused efforts to support public-private partnerships to construct a number of new stadiums, and established operations in overseas markets.
Prior to his tenure at the NFL, Tagliabue was a partner and member of the management committee at the Covington & Burling law firm in Washington. Currently, Tagliabue is a senior counsel at the Covington firm focused on its international practice. Before practicing law, Tagliabue served as a policy analyst in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
The USOC Board passed the resolution during a board call on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
During the same call, the Board also passed a resolution to publish all Board meeting agendas in advance of each Board meeting, as well as copies of Board minutes, once approved. The agendas and minutes will be distributed to the chairs of the National Governing Body Council, the Athletes Advisory Council and the Multi-Sport Organizations Council, and the president of the U.S. Olympians Association, as well as posted on
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