Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren was named commissioner of the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, as previously reported by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday.
Warren, 55, replaces longtime Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, who had served in that capacity since 1989. Delany will vacate his post after the 2019-20 academic year, his 31st on the job.
The Big Ten Conference announced the decision in a press conference Tuesday.
Minnesota's COO since February 2015, Warren was responsible for all business, financial, legal and operational aspects related to U.S. Bank Stadium and the design, development and planning of Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, per the team's website.
Warren has spent over 20 years in the NFL and 14 with the Vikings. Before his promotion to COO, Warren was Minnesota's vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer to chief operating officer. He was the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for a team in the NFL and was the first African-American COO in NFL history.
Warren is the first African-American commissioner of a Power Five conference.