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Commissioner Bob Bowlsby Speaks At Alma Mater
April 26, 2013
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Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby will have a homecoming of sorts Saturday. Bowlsby will be speaking to student-athletes at his alma mater, Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Bowlsby's appearance will take the place of the school’s spring football game, which has been canceled due to unplayable field conditions. He will talk to MSUM student-athletes about the path that took him from student-athlete to the Big 12 Commissioner's post and life/leadership lessons learned along the way.

Bowlsby was a four-year letter winner in wrestling at MSUM, and served as captain during his senior year, when he won the NSIC title at 167 pounds.  He was inducted into the Dragon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

“MSUM has a lot of great Dragon alums and one of them is Bob Bowlsby,"  MSUM Athletic Development Officer Matt Baasch said. “Bob is the type of person we want our student-athletes to learn from and we are excited that he will be sharing his experiences with our student-athletes.”

Bowlsby’s college career also was recently recognized when he was honored as part of the NCAA’s Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team.

Division II conferences were asked to submit a list of nominees with the only requirement was that nominees exhausted their athletics eligibility within the past 40 years and attended a college or university active in Division II. Bowlsby was selected by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC).

“I am very honored to have been selected as a member of the Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team representing Minnesota State University Moorhead," Bowlsby said. "My time on the MSUM campus was transformative. Much of what I know about leadership, commitment and hard work found roots during my four years in Moorhead.

“In addition, I met and married my wife, Candice,  and our 35-year marriage has allowed me to return to Moorhead frequently to visit family and to reconnect with friends and teammates. I am deeply in debt to the university and to the fine faculty and staff who helped me grow from an 18-year old adolescent into a 22-year old adult.”

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