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Pac-12 Conference

The Conference of Champions
544 NCAA Titles & Counting

About the Pac-12

Known as the Conference of Champions, the Pac-12 has won more NCAA team national championships than any other conference in history! 

Pac-12 Mission Statement

The Pac-12 Conference is dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders by championing excellence in academics, athletics, and the well-being of our student-athletes.

Pac-12 Diversity Statement

We are People, Allies, and Champions. We are the Pac-12

The Pac-12 celebrates the uniqueness of our people, and we are committed to creating an environment that cultivates diverse ideas to propel innovation. The Pac-12 is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a talented diverse community. As allies, we continue to build an environment that welcomes all genders, ethnicities, sexualities, religions, physical and mental abilities, and backgrounds to promote diversity and inclusion. The Pac-12 is committed to serving our 12 universities and champions a workforce that represents the populations of the student-athletes and programs that we serve. 

History of the Pac-12 Conference

The roots of the Pac-12 Conference date back more than 100 years to December 2, 1915, when the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was founded at a meeting at the Imperial Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The original membership consisted of four schools - the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). All four are still charter members of the Conference.

Pacific Coast Conference play began in 1916 and, one year later, Washington State College (now Washington State University) was accepted into the league, with Stanford University following in 1918.

In 1922, the PCC expanded to eight teams with the admission of the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Idaho. In 1924, the University of Montana joined the league roster and in 1928, the PCC grew to 10 members with the addition of UCLA.

The Pacific Coast Conference competed as a 10-member league until 1950, with the exception of 1943-45 when World War II curtailed intercollegiate athletic competition to a minimum. During that time, the league’s first commissioner was named. Edwin N. Atherton was Commissioner in 1940 and was succeeded by Victor O. Schmidt in 1944. In 1950, Montana resigned from the Conference and the PCC continued as a nine-team Conference through 1958.

In 1959, the PCC was dissolved and the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) was formed with Thomas J. Hamilton appointed Commissioner of the new league. The original AAWU membership included California, Stanford, USC, UCLA, and Washington. Washington State joined the membership in 1962, while Oregon and Oregon State joined in 1964. Under Hamilton’s watch, the name Pacific-8 Conference was adopted in 1968. In 1971, Wiles Hallock took over as Commissioner of the Pac-8.

Ten years later, on July 1, 1978, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University were admitted to the league and the Pacific-10 Conference became a reality. In 1986-87, the league took on a new look, expanding to include 10 women’s sports. Since then, the Conference has been considered the premier league in women’s athletics, securing the most NCAA titles in women’s sports of any conference nearly every year.

Thomas C. Hansen was named the Commissioner of the Pac-10 in 1983, a role he would hold for 26 years until 2009, when he was succeeded by Larry Scott who held the role from 2009 to June 30, 2021. Scott was succeeded by current Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff who was announced on May 13, 2021 and formally assumed the role on July 1, 2021.

The University of Colorado accepted its invitation to join the Pac-12 on June 11, 2010, and on June 17, 2010, the University of Utah agreed to join the Conference. The Conference became the Pac-12 and officially began competition on July 1, 2011.

It was during the 2010-11 academic year that Scott helped deliver monumental changes that transformed the Conference into a modern 12-team league. In addition to expanding to 12 teams, member institutions agreed to equal revenue sharing for the first time in the Conference’s history, created two football divisions - the North and the South, and established a Football Championship Game for the first time. He also secured landmark media rights deals with ESPN and FOX that dramatically increased national exposure and revenue for each school, in addition to establishing Pac-12 Networks which guaranteed enhanced exposure across all sports.

Currently, the Pac-12 sponsors 11 men’s sports and 13 women’s sports, with the most recent additions coming in the 2017-18 (women’s lacrosse) and 2015-16 (beach volleyball) academic years. Additionally, the Conference is a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in four other men’s sports and two women’s sports.

The Pac-12 announced on March 29, 2022 plans to forego a permanent headquarters in order to best support employees and deliver savings to member universities. Included in the announcement, the Pac-12 will determine a location for a production facility for continued broadcast production activities. 

Pac-12 Networks

As the content arm of the Pac-12 Conference, Pac-12 Networks is the first and only sports media company owned by its 12 Universities. The media company consists of seven 24/7 TV networks (one national and six regional TV networks), and digital properties whose mission is to connect fans to the universities and sports they love.
Click here to find one of the multiple options and providers of Pac-12 Networks anywhere across the country.

Live events from all 12 universities including 30+ football games, 100+ men’s basketball games, Pac-12 Championship events, more than 300 live Olympic sport events as well as original and studio content such as The Pregame, The Drive: Pac-12 Football, Inside Pac-12 Football, Our Stories and Pac-12 All-Access.

Live events featuring University of Arizona and Arizona State University coverage in football, men’s & women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

Live events featuring University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University coverage in football, men’s & women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

Live events featuring UCLA and USC coverage in football, men’s & women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

Live events featuring University of Utah and University of Colorado coverage in football, men’s & women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

Live events featuring University of Oregon and Oregon State University coverage in football, men’s & women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

Live events featuring University of Washington and Washington State University coverage in football, men’s & women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

Pac-12 Executive Staff Directory

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George Kliavkoff Commissioner
Mark Shuken President, Pac-12 Networks
Jamie Zaninovich Deputy Commissioner / Chief Operating Officer
Teresa Gould Deputy Commissioner, Sports Management & Institutional Services
Quashan Lockett Chief People & Inclusion Officer
Brent Willman Chief Financial Officer
Maggy Carlyle General Counsel
Larry Meyers Executive Vice President, Content
Steve Tseng Executive Vice President, Sales
Merton Hanks Executive Associate Commissioner, Football Operations
Lisa Peterson Senior Associate Commissioner, Sports Management and Championships
Tracy Cameron Senior Vice President, Distribution 
Ryan Currier Senior Vice President, Engineering & Products
Erik Hardenbergh Senior Vice President, Strategy
David Perry Senior Vice President, Sales
Heather Vaughan Senior Vice President, Marketing
Andrew Walker Senior Vice President, Communications
Scott Petersmeyer Deputy General Counsel, Vice President
Rhonda Lundin Bennett Associate Commissioner, Women's Basketball
Shonna Brown Associate Commissioner, Football Operations
Will Hunter Associate Commissioner, Operations
Tammy Newman Associate Commissioner, Governance
Erik Price Associate Commissioner, Compliance
Dustin Rocke Associate Commissioner, Broadcast & Media Administration
Drew Seidenberger Associate Commissioner, Men's Basketball & Sports Administration
Cheryl Wong Associate Commissioner, Sports Management
Caroline Acosta Vice President, Partnership Development
David Coleman Vice President, Officiating
Patrick Griffin Vice President, Programming
Sara Hattem Vice President, Human Resources
David Koppett Vice President, Content Production & Strategy
Michael Ortiz Vice President, Video Operations
Fidel Quiralte Vice President, Finance
Kyle Reischling Vice President, Remote Events
Anna Roberts Vice President, Human Resources