BIG EAST Conference’s interview with Val Ackerman, BIG EAST Commissioner, and Matt Doherty, Former UNC Basketball Coach, Author, and New to The Street Co-Host.


The BIG EAST Conference Commissioner, Val Akerman, is with Matt Doherty, former UNC Basketball CoachAuthor – “Rebound: From Pain to Passion,” and Co-Hosting this segment with New to The Street’s TV Host Joy Day. From the Nasdaq MarketSite Studio, Matt talks about leadership, and how leadership is important in successful organizations. Val explains how her leadership and passion for the BIG EAST Conference evolved. The BIG EAST Conference was almost non-existent 10 years ago after seven schools left the conference. Val tells viewers that the realignment was a difficult and challenging time for the remaining schools left in the conference. College deans and presidents understood Val’s passion which aligned with there own regarding the BIG EAST Conference. Common purpose and commitment, along with Val’s leadership, the BIG EAST Conference is a strong sports and academic organization. With little to no pay and benefits, no office, no online presence and a small workforce, Val overcame much to bring the BIG EAST Conference back to its former glory. A key success was when Fox Sports launched its FS1 network, Fox needed sports programming and Val and the BIG EAST needed sports coverage. A TV deal was made which was the catalysis for success. After a few rough years, with determination and key leadership pillars, the BIG EAST is once again a strong sports conference with 5 colleges ranked in the top 25 best basketball programs. Val explains that the BIG EAST Conference is not exclusively about sports, the school administrators are always working for student welfare, inclusion, and academic excellence. For 41 years, Madison Square Garden, NYC, hosted the 2023 BIG EAST Tournament and Val is very proud of that fact. With the consent changes in national college athletic programs, Val is always maintaining and growing her efforts to ensure successful athletic and academic achievements at the BIG EAST Conference. 2023 March Madness the NCAA tournament, the BIG EAST had a number of its 11 member team participate with University of Connecticut (UConn -Huskies) playing in the Final Four matchup.
The interview will air on the FOX Business Network, episode 455, April 3, 2023, at 10:30 PM PT. The on-screen QR code is available during the show; download or visit BIG EAST Conference –

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