Adam Silver T'84

Adam SilverAdam Silver was unanimously elected NBA Commissioner in 2014. Since joining the league in 1992, he has held numerous positions, including NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO as well as President and COO of NBA Entertainment. Prior to joining the NBA, Mr. Silver served as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore, where he concentrated on media and antitrust cases.

In 2016, Sports Business Journal ranked Mr. Silver No. 1 on its list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business. In 2015, Mr. Silver was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People and to Fortune’s 2015 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. He also earned Sports Executive of the Year honors at the 2015 Sports Business Awards. In 2014, Sports Illustrated named him Executive of the Year.

Mr. Silver has a BA from Duke University and received his JD from the University of Chicago in 1988.

Mr. Silver is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015, he serves on the Human Resources Committee and Undergraduate Education Committee. He previously served on the Facilities and Environment Committee.

At Duke, Mr. Silver is a member of the Bostock Advisory Group and previously served on the Library Advisory Board from 2005-2011.

August 2017