America East tabs G League VP Walker as conference’s next commissioner

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The game clock stopped working during the University at Albany Women's basketball game against Maine in the America East Women's Championship at SEFCU Arena Friday, March 10, 2017.
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PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The game clock stopped working during the University at Albany Women's basketball game against Maine in the America East Women's Championship at SEFCU Arena Friday, March 10, 2017.

BOSTON — Brad Walker, currently the Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations for the NBA G League, has been named the next commissioner of the America East Conference, the league’s board of presidents announced Thursday.

Walker, just the fifth commissioner in America East’s 42-year history, brings over 15 years of experience at the NCAA Division I level as a senior-level administrator in multiple conference offices as well as five years of professional experience in the NBA, excelling in every role he has held.

“On behalf of the America East Board of Presidents, I am thrilled to welcome Brad Walker as the conference’s next commissioner,” UAlbany President and America East Board of Presidents Chair, Havidán Rodríguez, who served as co-chair of the search committee, said in a release announcing the decision. “Brad stood out among an impressive candidate pool as the transformational leader who is best suited to lead America East to continued excellence. His depth of experience and proven track record as a communicator, consensus builder and visionary in both collegiate and professional sports will greatly benefit our member institutions, fostering a community in which our athletics programs can continue to thrive both athletically and academically.”

Walker will begin his tenure as commissioner on Sept. 13.

“I am elated to have been selected as the next commissioner of the America East Conference,” Walker said in the release “I’d like to thank the America East Board of Presidents and the search committee, led by Presidents Rodríguez and Stenger, for this incredible opportunity to lead this conference and help grow its already stalwart reputation. I look forward to working with the Board, as well as the athletics directors, senior woman administrators and other stakeholders at each member institution, to continue to advance America East’s mission of building complete student-athletes on and off the field.“

Walker has served as the NBA G League’s Head of Basketball Operations for the past five years overseeing the league’s day-to-day operations. During Walker’s tenure, the G League underwent aggressive expansion, adding 11 new franchises during that time. He also oversaw the development of the G League Youth Professional Pathway, Team Ignite, the first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft.

Prior to his tenure with the G League, Walker spent a decade-and-a-half as an associate commissioner in the Ohio Valley and West Coast conferences.

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