The Big East Conference announced today that John Marinatto will succeed Mike Tranghese as its commissioner, effective July 1, 2009.
Marinatto served as athletic director at Providence College for 14 years before joining the Big East in 2002, where he is a senior associate commissioner.
Marinatto becomes the third commissioner in conference history and continues a Providence lineage to the Big East commissioner’s office, following Dave Gavitt (1979-90) and Tranghese (’90-present).
As senior associate commissioner, Marinatto has served as the Big East’s chief operating officer and has been responsible for the daily administration of the conference office. He oversees all administrative operations, including NCAA governance, finance, compliance, communications, television and championships. Marinatto has been the daily contact with the league’s athletic directors regarding governance and operational matters.
Marinatto has been a member of the NCAA Management Council and NCAA Business and Finance Cabinet and currently serves as the Conference’s representative to the NCAA Leadership Council. He served as the Chief Financial and Business Officer of the Bowl Championship Series from 2002-04.