Linda M. Bruno ’76, ’79MSEd

Women of Achievement Award Recipient

Linda M. Bruno is the president of Bruno Sports Enterprises at Eclaro, an intercollegiate athletics consulting and search firm, which she established in 2010. Additionally, Bruno has served as commissioner of the Skyline Conference since 2011, which adds to her 30 years of experience at the college conference level.

Bruno was the commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference for 14 years, during the time it evolved into one of the most prominent basketball conferences in the country. In addition to overseeing the expansion and growth of the conference, Bruno negotiated the conference’s first extensive ESPN contract, while also securing an Emmy award for her oversight of the Atlantic 10 television network. Prior to being named commissioner of the A10, Bruno served as associate commissioner for 12 years at the Big East Conference, during its meteoric rise through the 1980s.

Bruno’s career in athletics began at Iona College, as an assistant to the director of athletics/basketball coach, the late Jim Valvano. After earning her master’s degree in 1979, Bruno served as the first academic advisor for student-athletes and then worked as an assistant athletics director at Yale University before joining the Big East Conference staff.

Bruno has also served on the faculty of the Goodwin School at Drexel University, teaching graduate courses in athletics administration. She was named to Street and Smith’s Top 40 Executives in Athletics Administration twice and has served on numerous NCAA committees, including chairing both the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and the Championship Cabinet. Additionally, she was a member of the NCAA TV Negotiating Committee.

In addition to her master’s, Bruno earned her undergraduate degree from Iona. She is a member of its Board of Trustees and serves on the committees for both Athletics and Student Life/Mission and is a member of the Iona Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1996, Bruno was a recipient of the Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award. In honor of her parents, Bruno has established the Michael and Lillian Bruno Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a deserving student.

Bruno is a native of New Rochelle and currently resides in Manhattan.