ACC hires Northwestern AD Phillips as new commissioner

The Atlantic Coast Conference has hired Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips to be the league’s next commissioner, replacing the retiring John Swofford. Phillips has been Northwestern’s AD since 2008, leading the athletic department through a period of success in competition and growth in facilities. The Chicago native has also worked at Notre Dame under current Duke athletic director Kevin White and was athletic director at Northern Illinois before taking over at Northwestern in the Big Ten. Phillips was the first chairman of the NCAA’s Division I Council in 2015 and served as the first sitting athletic director on the NCAA Board of Directors and Board of Governors.

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