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Title: Executive Associate Commissioner - Football
The 2018-19 athletic season marks Ed Stewart’s 13th year in the Big 12 Conference office as a member of the senior management team. Stewart’s responsibilities include sport management in football to include daily operations for the sport, overseeing the Big 12’s football championship game and officiating program. In this role as Executive Associate Commissioner for Football, Stewart has negotiated over $150 million in bowl game contracts, serves on the College Football Officiating Board of Managers, College Football Officiating Competition Committee and the NCAA Football Rules Committee. Stewart also supervises the Conference drug testing program and supports the Dr. Prentice Gautt Student-Athlete Welfare Committee.
Stewart has served as an athletic administrator for 20 years, beginning his career at Michigan State University where he spent two years as an academic counselor. Prior to his arrival at the Big 12, Stewart was an executive staff member and Associate Athletic Director for Administration at the University of Missouri, where he was the administrative liaison for the football program, supervised Olympic sports, student-athlete development and safety, the institutions Nike apparel contract and was instrumental in fundraising and university-wide outreach initiatives.
A community leader, Stewart is an active public speaker, has been recognized as a top community leader having led a record setting United Way Campaign raising almost $500,000 for families in need, and currently serves on the board for the Oak Cliff YMCA.
The Chicago native holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Arts in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University. The team captain of the 1994 Nebraska National Championship Football Team, Stewart was named the Big Eight Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a Butkus Award finalist and a consensus All-America linebacker in 1994. He played two years of professional football in NFL Europe and the NFL. In 2001, Stewart was named to the Nebraska Football All-Century team, and in 2004, was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. In 2015, Stewart was inducted to the Mt.Carmel High School Hall of Fame.