Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson Departs; Lydia Murphy-Stephans Elevated to President of Pac-12 Networks
Gary Stevenson, who led the effort in making the Pac-12’s national, regional and digital networks a reality, has announced that he is leaving his position as President of Pac-12 Enterprises.
“Now that the Pac-12 television and digital Networks have successfully launched and are delivering great content to our fans, and have developed broad distribution and a solid sponsor base, I think this is a good time for me to move on to my next adventure,” Stevenson said. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished, a real first in college sports broadcasting, and I want to thank our terrific group of people for the hard work they did, as well as the student-athletes of our member universities.”
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, “Gary led the effort in turning a great idea into an exciting reality in record time. From hiring an all-star staff to constructing a state-of-the-art studio and developing the infrastructure on 12 campuses to televise 550 events in our first year, Gary’s efforts are benefitting millions of fans who watch Pac-12 Networks across all platforms. I want to thank Gary for his hard work.”
With Stevenson’s decision, Commissioner Scott has elevated Lydia Murphy-Stephans, who has been Executive Vice President and General Manager of Pac-12 Networks since their August 2012 inception, to President of Pac-12 Networks. Scott said, “I want to congratulate Lydia on her well-deserved promotion.”
When Murphy-Stephans became EVP and General Manager of Pac-12 Networks in 2011, she became the first woman to head a national sports network. She has worked in sports television since 1986, including ABC Sports’ iconic “Wide World of Sports” and MSG Networks and has amassed 24 Emmy Awards.