Most Big Ten fans had little reason to pay attention to the league's Council of Presidents/Chancellors before December 2009.
But once the expansion process began, the COP/C entered the spotlight and has made several historic decisions in the past year and a half.
The Big Ten on Thursday announced its COP/C executive committee for the 2011-12 academic year.
- Indiana president Michael McRobbie will serve as chair for the second year of his term.
- Iowa president Sally Mason will serve as vice chair.
- Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon and Penn State president Graham Spanier will serve on the executive committee. Simon was COP/C chair when the Big Ten approved Nebraska for admission last June.
The COP/C, which meets twice a year -- usually in June and December -- has the "ultimate authority and responsibility in Big Ten Conference governance," according to a news release. Each chair serves a two-year term.