Longtime Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin will retire following the 2020-21 academic year, he announced Wednesday.
“I’m announcing my retirement at this time in order to provide our MVC President Council with the appropriate time to guide the search for the next commissioner,” Elgin said.
Elgin is the ninth MVC commissioner, serving since 1988 and is the longest tenured commissioner of any multi-sport NCAA Division I conference. The MVC hosted several NCAA championships under Elgin, including the 2005 Men’s Final Four and the 2001 and 2009 Women’s Final Fours.
"Doug Elgin is a good friend and colleague," Illinois State University Athletic Director Larry Lyons said. "He has been totaling committed to elevating the Missouri Conference is all sports, but specifically men’s basketball because that sport is the big revenue driver for the league. Under his guidance, the men’s basketball tournament in St louis is one of the best tournaments in the country. Doug has done a tremendous job representing MVC member schools on the national stage."
Elgin was part of four athletic administration roles at four colleges prior to joining the MVC and was the assistant director of the Sun Belt Conference.
The MVC is considering Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search to assist in the search for the next commissioner.
The 17-sport league is the second oldest NCAA Division I conference as it heads into its 114th year operating. It hosts its men’s basketball tournament Arch Madness, which is one of St. Louis’ largest conventions and group events.