Senior Associate Commissioner
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Patty Viverito is in her 22nd season as senior associate commissioner at the Missouri Valley Conference and is in her 29th year directing the Missouri Valley Football Conference as its commissioner.
A Chicago native, Viverito was named the Missouri Valley Football’s first commissioner in September of 1982. She led the conference (then known as the Gateway Conference) to national prominence in the 1980s. The league, which sponsored nine women’s sports and FCS football, saw its women’s programs merge with their MVC men’s counterparts in 1992.
At The Valley, Viverito’s responsibilities include championship administration and compliance, serving as the primary coaches liaison for most sports, and she served as the Tournament Director of the 2001 and 2009 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
A nationally respected administrator, Viverito has served on the prestigious NCAA Executive Committee, the NCAA Council, the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and was chair of the NCAA Committee for Women’s Athletics and Olympic Sports Liaison Committee. Viverito has also served as a member of the CCA Executive Committee and Chair of the FCS Subcommittee of CCA, the NCAA Recruiting Task Force, the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball and Issues Committees, the NACWAA Board (two terms), the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board, the NACDA Board, the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Board (two terms), multiple terms on NCAA Basketball Officiating Improvement Committees, the NCAA Football Academic Working Group, and the NCAA Work/Life Balance Task Force. She currently serves on the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards Executive Committee, which is responsible for selecting the Honda Cup winner annually.
In 1996, Viverito was recognized for her contributions to collegiate athletics, when she was selected as the NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators) Administrator of the Year. In addition, she received Professional Service Achievement Alumni Awards from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Northern Illinois University.
She has an extensive background in athletic marketing and administration, formerly serving as an account executive for the Tidewater Tides minor league baseball team and as special project director at the University of Texas at Austin from 1979 to 1981. At UT, she coordinated activities for the women’s athletic program in the areas of promotion, sports information, fund-raising and event management. She also serves on the board of the St. Louis-based nonprofit social circus, Circus Harmony.
Viverito earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois and her master’s in sports management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1994, she received the Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award from Massachusetts.
Married to Frank Viverito, President and Executive Director of the St. Louis Sports Commission, they have two sons: Gregory and Matthew.
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