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Summit League announces current NCHC leader Josh Fenton as its new commissioner

Fenton takes over for Tom Douple, who retired in October after 16 years as Summit League commissioner.

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National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Commissioner Josh Fenton presents the league championship trophy, the Penrose Cup, to the UND men's hockey team following their 2-1 overtime win against Western Michigan on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

The new Summit League commissioner will be familiar to UND fans.

The Summit League announced Friday that Josh Fenton, current commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, will take over as Summit League commissioner.

Fenton will be the sixth commissioner in the 40-year history of the 10-member conference. Fenton takes over for Tom Douple, who retired in October after 16 years as Summit League commissioner.

Fenton will serve as a special consultant to the league, starting Jan. 1, 2022, until he takes over permanently on April 11, 2022, at which time he will conclude his tenure as commissioner of the NCHC, a role he's held since July 2013.

"With a committed membership and bold thinking, I believe the league is well-positioned to be an elite conference across the NCAA Division I landscape," Fenton said. "With already a strong foundation among the membership, a high commitment to the Division I student-athlete experience, and passionate fan bases, we will use these strengths to enhance student success experiences, while elevating the Summit League profile and brand across collegiate sports."

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Prior to his time as NCHC commissioner, Fenton was a senior associate athletic director at Miami (Ohio) University.

A native of Litchfield, Minn., Fenton received a bachelor's degree in finance in 2001 from Iowa State, where he was a member of the men's golf team for one year.

“The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has meant the world to me and our family for now over 10 years," Fenton said. "I will forever be grateful to the people across our member institutions, conference staff and business partners for the opportunity to work alongside them in building one of the best college hockey conferences across the country.

"I am ecstatic for the opportunity with The Summit League and am eager to begin, but appreciative of the chance to continue leading the NCHC through the end of the college hockey season. I firmly believe the NCHC is well positioned for sustained, elite national success long into the future.”

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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