OGDEN — The Big Sky Conference will again search for a new commissioner.
Andrea Williams, who began her post as the conference’s top leader in July 2016, has left to be the chief operating officer of the College Football Playoff, the CFP announced Tuesday.
The CFP is the official postseason of Division-I FBS football, which uses a committee to choose the top four teams who then compete in a two-round playoff to determine the FBS national champion.
“I’m incredibly humbled to be selected as the CFP’s chief operating officer,” Williams said in a statement. “This is a very special organization and the people involved are first class. I am excited for this tremendous opportunity and honored to join the CFP team.
“I also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Big Sky Conference’s outstanding presidents, administrators, faculty, coaches, athletes and league staff I was privileged to work with.”
Williams led the Big Sky for two years, overseeing a move of the basketball tournaments from Reno, Nevada, to Boise, Idaho, and inking media deals with Eleven Sports and PlutoTV.
She also oversaw the establishment of a “serious misconduct rule” which prohibits athletes with violent criminal convictions from competing for schools in the conference.
“Since joining the league in 2016, the experience has exceeded every expectation both professionally and personally,” Williams said in a statement from the conference. “The leadership of our presidents, administrators, faculty and coaches set the expectation of what it means to work in college athletics.”
She replaced Doug Fullerton, who worked as Big Sky commissioner for 20 years. She came to the Big Sky after 16 years working for the Big Ten Conference.
“Ms. Williams has been an outstanding commissioner for the Big Sky and will be greatly missed,” said Robert Nelsen, president of Sacramento State and chair of the conference’s president’s council. “But we know that she will be a tremendous asset for the College Football Playoff, taking the playoffs to even greater heights.”