Pac-12 names George Kliavkoff to be new conference commissioner

Kliavkoff was the former President of MGM entertainment and sports.

Posted: May 13, 2021 11:10 AM

San Francisco, CA. -- After the 11 year tenure of Larry Scott came to an end, the Pac-12 announced a new commissioner hire on Thursday morning. Former MGM President of entertainment and sports George Kliavkoff will take over the position starting July 1st. 

“At each step of his career, George has navigated complex, quickly changing environments and has been a successful consensus builder. George is a visionary leader with an extraordinary background as a pioneering sports, entertainment and digital media executive, and we are delighted and honored that he has agreed to become our next Pac-12 Commissioner,” said University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill, chair of the five-member search committee. “He is the new prototype for a sports commissioner. While George has deep sports experience, his biggest asset is his ability to listen, connect with diverse groups, find common ground, collaborate and navigate an evolving landscape. We believe George’s overall skills and experience will become even more prevalent in college sports leadership.”

Kliavkoff has no practical college experience but a wealth of business experience from MGM, the WNBA, Hulu, A&E Networks, NBC Universal and MLB Advanced Media.

“I am thrilled to be the Pac-12 Commissioner. This is a challenging time for intercollegiate athletics, but I believe these challenges also create significant opportunities,” Kliavkoff said. “I loved being a student-athlete, and I’m passionate about the doors that college sports and higher education open for young women and men. My job at the Pac-12 will be to help manage the balance between continued academic excellence, student-athlete well-being and an even higher level of athletic achievement.”

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