(Reprinted from the 2011 Commencement Booklet)
Allan H. (Bud) Selig was named the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball on July 9, 1998. For the previous six years, Mr. Selig served as Chairman of the Major League Executive Council and was the central figure in the league’s organizational structure. As Commissioner, Mr. Selig has guided changes in the league’s structure, economic system and drug-testing policy while setting regular season attendance records.
Mr. Selig spearheaded Major League Baseball’s support of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that raises funds to hasten the pace of translational research. His efforts on behalf of academically distinguished minority students and to educate youth on the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs have earned him recent honors.
A member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Trustees, Mr. Selig is a founder of Athletes for Youth and was instrumental in establishing the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Fund.
A Milwaukee native and University of Wisconsin graduate, Mr. Selig helped return baseball to the city of Milwaukee after the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1965. He was involved with the Milwaukee Brewers for 35 years, the first 28 of which he served as club President. Mr. Selig has taught at Marquette University Law School since 2009 and was named to its adjunct faculty as Distinguished Lecturer in Sports Law and Policy in 2010.