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2017 Gala Bio - Delany '66


St. Benedict’s Preparatory School is proud to announce its first honoree for the 2017 Annual Scholarship Gala – Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. This year's Gala promises to be another lively evening to benefit our vital scholarship program. Please click here for information on how to register for the Gala or for sponsorship packages for our May 11 event. Read below about our first announced honoree:

James E. Delany '66
Commissioner, Big Ten Conference
Jim Delany

Delany, who last year received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, will receive the Medal of St. Benedict's, the school’s highest honor, at St. Benedict’s Annual Scholarship Gala on May 11.

Delany, who has been the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference since 1989, was a two-time All-State basketball player as a third-generation captain for St. Benedict’s Prep. His father, Francis, graduated in 1936 and his grandfather was a 1906 graduate. His brother, Frank, also was a St. Benedict’s grad (1962) and like Jim, played basketball under legendary coach Jack Dalton ’44.

Delany went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina, where he was a three-year varsity letter-winner and twice helped the Tar Heels reach the NCAA Final Four. He also received his Law Degree at North Carolina.

Delany’s Accomplishments:

  • Four-year starter and, as a senior, was a captain and All-State player for St. Benedict’s basketball team
  • Two-time NCAA Final Four participant at the University of North Carolina – tri-captain his senior year
  • Named fifth Commissioner of the Big Ten in 1989
  • Previously served as USA Basketball Vice President (2000-08) and Treasurer (1996-2000)
  • Helped create the Big Ten Network – first conference owned TV Network in 2007
  • Oversaw expansions of the Big Ten to 11 schools in 1990, 12 in 2011 and 14 in 2014
  • Guaranteed participation for Big Ten schools in seven different bowl games
  • Received in 2016 the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious award presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame outside of enshrinement

Delany is married to Catherine Fisher Delany and they have two sons, Newman McMurray and James Chancellor.

Read Delany's full bio from the Big Ten Conference.