Judy MacLeod of Conference USA has become the first female commissioner of a Football Bowl Subdivision league.
MacLeod has been with C-USA since 2005. She became the league’s executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer in April 2006 and served as interim commissioner since Sept. 15. That’s when Britton Banowsky stepped down after nearly 13 years to head the College Football Playoff Foundation.
John Broderick, the Old Dominion president and league board chairman, said Monday that MacLeod’s selection was unanimous. An international search firm had conducted a national search.
Before Conference USA, MacLeod was at Tulsa for 15 years, the last 10 as its athletic director. During that time, the school moved from the Western Athletic Conference to C-USA.