DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference today announced Jeff Hurd as its Commissioner, effective immediately.
The appointment came following the conclusion of the summer meeting of the 2013-14 Board of Directors held in Denver. Hurd had served as the league’s interim commissioner since March, 2012.
“I congratulate Jeff Hurd on his appointment as the Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference,” said Seattle University President and 2013-14 Board chair Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. “He has a proven record of bringing the WAC to its current promising status and we look forward as a Board to working with him as he leads the WAC in its further development.”
Hurd, who becomes the sixth commissioner in the WAC’s 51-year history, joined the WAC staff in August, 1985, and has served in various capacities during his tenure. He was the Conference’s Senior Associate Commissioner prior to being named to replace former commissioner Karl Benson on an interim basis.
Hurd also spent seven years as the Director of Public Relations for the Missouri Valley Conference and three years as Sports Information Director at the University of Tulsa.
Hurd is a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.
The Western Athletic Conference becomes a nine-member conference effective July 1, when it welcomes the addition of six new institutions to current members the University of Idaho, New Mexico State University and Seattle University. The new members are California State University, Bakersfield, Chicago State University, Grand Canyon University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, The University of Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley University.