Jim Delany scheduled to speak to IU Varsity Club

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will be the first speaker in a series to be held by the Indiana Varsity Club. The release from IU sports info follows.

IU Varsity Club to Launch New Speaker Series with Jim Delany

Bloomington, Indiana–IU Athletics announced today that Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany will kick off a new IU Varsity Club Speaker Series with a luncheon on October 26th at Bloomington’s Memorial Stadium.

“This new speaker series is a fantastic opportunity for Varsity Club donors to hear from leaders and experts from inside athletics,” said Deputy Athletic Director Scott Dolson. “We’re absolutely thrilled that Jim Delany—one of today’s most influential leaders in collegiate athletics—is kicking off our series.”

Jim Delany, only the fifth Big Ten commissioner since its founding in 1896, is in his 22nd year in that role. He has led the Big Ten through significant periods of change, including expanding the conference to 12 institutions with the additions of Penn State in 1991 and Nebraska in July 2011. He spearheaded gender equity initiatives that created more opportunities for women in the Big Ten, including 28 new teams. Delany also created The Big Ten Network, the first national conference-owned television network, which is now available to an estimated 75 million homes nationally.

“I am flattered that Jim has agreed to be the inaugural speaker in the new Varsity Club Speaker Series,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. “He is a leading voice in intercollegiate athletics. The Big Ten is extremely fortunate to have him as its commissioner and we are extremely fortunate to have as our speaker.”

The Jim Delany Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, October 26th at 11:30 a.m. inside Memorial Stadium’s Henke Hall of Champions. A program featuring remarks from Delany and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass is planned for 12:15 p.m. Advanced tickets for the event are available to Varsity Club donors and a guest for $15 per person.

Varsity Club donors can register for the event by contacting the IU Varsity Club no later than Wednesday, October 19th at (812) 855-0866 or varsity@indiana.edu <mailto:varsity@indiana.edu> . More information is available on the Varsity Club’s Speaker Series website.