The Big Ten Conference office announced that Indiana University president Michael McRobbie will begin his second year as the chair of the Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) and will be joined on the COP/C Executive Committee for the 2011–12 academic year by University of Iowa president Sally Mason as vice chair, along with two past chairs: Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon and Penn State University president Graham Spanier. These four also will serve as the Executive/Compensation Committee for the Big Ten Conference.
“I am honored and proud to join the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors as vice chair,” Mason says. “The Big Ten is both an academic and athletic leader, and I am grateful to be joining Presidents McRobbie, Simon, and Spanier in the governance and direction of our conference. As we welcome the University of Nebraska–Lincoln into the fold this coming year, the Big Ten’s influence and prominence will only grow, and I look forward to my new role in shepherding our collective excellence.”
The Big Ten Conference was founded following a meeting of university presidents in 1895, and current presidents and chancellors have maintained a leadership position in its governance. The Council of Presidents/Chancellors and the Executive Committee are actively involved in setting the direction of the conference and its member institutions.
The ultimate authority and responsibility in Big Ten Conference governance is vested in the COP/C. All policy is decided at the COP/C level, including the annual budget for the conference office and all other financial matters.