Dec. 8, 2004
The University of Iowa and its intercollegiate athletics program found its way onto another Top 20 list this week only this time it wasn’t a team that claimed its place among the nation’s elite, it was the UI’s director of athletics, Bob Bowlsby.
Bowlsby is currently overseeing the single largest undertaking in the history of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa: The multi-million dollar renovation of historic Kinnick Stadium.
Bowlsby, Iowa’s director of athletics since 1991, was tabbed the 12th most influential person in intercollegiate athletics in the December 6-12 edition of Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.
“Bowlsby has been the head of Iowa’s athletic department since 1991 and is considered to be excellent at what he does. He has strong values and is never hasty in making decisions. He’s also had much influence beyond his program. He was the first chairman of the NCAA Division I management council, dean of Big Ten Ads, and has served as president of the Division I-A athletic directors association. It’s not surprising that his name was among those considered for ht top NCAA post after [Cedric] Dempsey announced his retirement,” SBJ said about Bowlsby.
Current NCAA president Myles Brand headed the list. He was followed by Jim Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, and George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports.
Former UI president, Mary Sue Coleman (No. 14), was also included as was Bowlsby’s peer at The Ohio State University, Andy Geiger (No. 13).