June 9, 2010

Future of the Big 12 Conference of Paramount Importance  

(TOPEKA) – Yesterday the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing board of Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, contacted the governing boards of the University of Nebraska and the University of Missouri regarding the future of the Big 12 Conference.

“Our universities, their students and alumni, and our states have all greatly benefited from over a century’s worth of tradition and healthy competition,” said Regent Jill Docking of Wichita, the Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents. “We have asked the Nebraska and Missouri governing boards to join us as partners to address the challenges associated with the evolution of intercollegiate athletics rather than setting off as individuals. The very future of the Big 12 may rest in the hands of these two boards, and we hope their decisions will honor the long-term partnership we’ve had with these schools.”

Regent Docking, noting the involvement of Governor Parkinson, Kansas Senate and House leadership, and the state’s Congressional delegation on this important issue, added, “The Board certainly appreciates the Governor, the State Legislature, and our Congressional delegation partnering with us on this effort. This issue is of paramount importance not only to our universities, their students and alumni, but also to our state.”

A copy of the Board’s June 8 letter to the Nebraska and Missouri governing boards can be viewed here.


About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs. The Board also authorizes private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

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