DeBauche leaves NCAA job, named OVC commissioner

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) - Elizabeth "Beth" DeBauche is the Ohio Valley Conference's new commissioner, leaving her job as director of Division I at the NCAA.

In the hiring announced Wednesday, DeBauche (de-BUSH) will start in mid-September as the league's seventh full-time commissioner succeeding Jon Steinbrecher - who left for the Mid-American Conference in May.

DeBauche will be 1 of 5 women heading up Division I conferences, the eighth all-time.

She has worked with Division I at the NCAA since August 2002. She also worked at the Southeastern Conference between 1996 and 2002 and started at Vanderbilt as assistant athletic director for compliance between 1994 and 1996.

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