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The only commissioner to govern the Missouri Valley FootballConference, Patty Viverito completed her 28th season directing the conference after guiding the league to national prominence in the1980s. Viverito also serves as senior associate commissioner for the Missouri Valley Conference, with responsibilities including championships administration and compliance and serving as the primary coaches liaison for most sports. She served as the Tournament Director of the 2001 and 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
A nationally respected administrator, Viverito has served on the prestigious NCAA Executive Committee and NCAA Council, chaired the NCAA Committee for Women’s Athletics and the Olympic Sports Liaison Committee, and served on numerous other committees and boards, including the CCA Executive Committee and Chair of the Div.I-AA Subcommittee of the CCA, the NCAA Recruiting Task Force, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board, the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), the NCAA Football Academic Working Group and the NCAA Work/Life Balance Task Force. She is also a Board Member of NACDA, and is an executive committee member on the CWSA Board of Directors. Viverito was selected as the1996 NACWAA Administrator of the Year.
She has an extensive background in athletic marketing and administration, formerly serving as an account executive for the Tidewater Tides minor league baseball team, and as special project director at the University of Texas at Austin from 1979-1981, where she was involved in areas of promotion, sports information, fundraising and event management.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois and her master’s degree in sports management from the Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received the 1994 HaroldJ. Vander Zwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award from Massachusetts. Viverito is married to Frank Viverito, President and Executive Director of the St. Louis Sports Commission. The couple has two children, Gregory and Matthew. They live in St. Louis, Mo.