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Bud Selig
Bud Selig

February 2013

Bud Selig to keynote Commencement

Allan H. “Bud” Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), will speak at Commencement on May 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Schuldes Sports Center. Commissioner Selig will also receive an honorary degree from the college.

Selig was named the league’s ninth commissioner on July 9, 1998, by a unanimous vote of the 30 MLB club owners. Prior to his election, Selig served as acting commissioner and chairman of the league’s executive council beginning in 1992.

Selig has led the way toward implementation of many of the game’s structural changes, including the wildcard playoff format, interleague play, realignment, restoration of the rulebook strike zone, consolidation of the league’s administrative functions and limited instant replay.

In 1970, Selig bought the year-old Seattle Pilots baseball team out of bankruptcy for $10.8 million and announced that the team would become the Milwaukee Brewers. Selig was hailed as a hero in his hometown for bringing big-league baseball back to Wisconsin after the National League’s Milwaukee Braves had left for Atlanta four years earlier.

Upon his involvement in league administration in 1992, Selig transferred his ownership interest in the Brewers to his daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb. 

In 2005, major-league owners unanimously approved the $223 million sale of the Milwaukee Brewers by the family of commissioner Bud Selig to a group headed by Los Angeles investor Mark Attanasio.

In August 2010, the Milwaukee Brewers unveiled a statue in Selig’s likeness outside Miller Park, honoring his efforts for his hometown and his leadership of the Brewers and the game of baseball. 

Selig was the keynote speaker at the academic conference “A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America” last May. The national conference was hosted by St. Norbert and the Green Bay Packers.

At Commencement 2013, the college will also award an honorary degree to the Most Rev. Gary Neville, O.Praem., ’73, abbot of St. Norbert Abbey. A canon lawyer, he is a top counselor to the Norbertines’ abbot general in Rome, and he recently was elected to his second nine-year term as abbot.

In addition, as St. Norbert’s ROTC program marks its 75th anniversary, the college will honor its graduates who attained the rank of general. Twelve alumni have achieved this rank, a number exceeded only by our nation’s military academies. Gen. Bill Campbell ’62, the college’s eldest, highest-ranking officer, will accept an honorary degree on behalf of his fellow generals. 

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