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Who Will Represent West Virginia on New Big 12 Alumni Council?



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The Big 12 has announced the formation of the conference’s first-ever Alumni Council.

Below offers an explanation about the intention of the alumni council from the Big 12 press release.

“The Big 12 Alumni Council is comprised of 32 former student-athletes from men’s and women’s programs across each Big 12 institution. The Council was created to leverage the experience and expertise of some of the Big 12’s most notable student-athlete alumni as the Conference enters a new era. These alumni will provide guidance and insights surrounding a variety of topics, including brand building, athlete relations, storytelling, digital content and much more. In turn, each Council member will receive a variety of resources and amenities, including networking access to the Big 12’s Business Advisory Board for professional networking, league support of council member’s community initiatives, media opportunities on behalf of the league and VIP access to all Big 12 Championships and Conference events.”

Mike Gansey and Georgeann Wells will represent West Virginia on the Big 12 Alumni Council.

Big 12 commissioner shared his thoughts on how having an alumni council will benefit the conference as it embarks on a new era.

“The Big 12 Conference is home to thousands of student-athlete alumni who have had great success on and off the field following their time on campus,” said Yormark. “As we enter into a new chapter as a 16-team league, the insights and perspectives of the Big 12 Alumni Council will be an incredible resource.”

Gansey averaged 14.4 points on 53 percent shooting during his two seasons at WVU. Gansey help lead the Mountaineers to an Elite-8 appearance in 2005 and Sweet-16 in 2006. The 6-foot-4 forward went on to play professional basketball until 2011 before making the transition to the front office world of basketball.

Gansey has served as the general manager for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers since 2022.

Wells played for the WVU women’s basketball team from 1982 to 1986. Among her accomplishments as a Mountaineer, Wells is mostly known as the first American woman to register a dunk in an official NCAA game. After her college career, Wells toured with the Harlem Globetrotters and coached overseas.

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