Jeff Hurd was named interim commissioner of the WAC on March 9, 2012. He has been associated with the conference for more than half of its existence as he joined the WAC staff in 1985 as the Director of Conference Relations.
Prior to taking the reins of the 50-year-old conference, Hurd also served as associate commissioner, then as senior associate commissioner where he oversaw communications, television operations and the basketball tournament. He was also responsible for team sport scheduling and was the administrator for football, men's basketball and baseball.
Hurd is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and began his professional career as the Sports Editor of the Hannibal (Missouri) Courier-Post. He also worked for the Tulsa Tribune, was the Sports Information Director at the University of Tulsa and the Director of Public Relations for the Missouri Valley Conference prior to joining the WAC.
A native of Minot, North Dakota, Hurd and his wife, Cheri, reside in Centennial, Colo., and are the parents of four children: Shannon, Michael, Kristen and Kevin.