Kansas chancellor recommended for league president American league

April 27, 1994|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK — ...xTC NEW YORK -- Gene Budig, chancellor of the University of Kansas, has won the recommendation of a search committee to be the next president of the American League, two executives familiar with the committee's deliberations said yesterday.

The committee's recommendation is tantamount to election, which would presumably take place at the owners' next scheduled meeting, June 8.

Budig, 55, a member of the Kansas City Royals' board of directors for the past year, will succeed Bobby Brown, who is in his 11th year as league president. Len Coleman recently succeeded Bill White as National League president.

The AL search committee held its final face-to-face interviews of candidates April 15 and talked last week on a telephone conference call.

Other candidates included Peter Bynoe, a former managing partner of the Denver Nuggets; Bill Schweitzer, the league attorney; and Peter Widdrington, chairman of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Budig has headed the University of Kansas since Aug. 1, 1981. Previously, he served four years each as head of the University of West Virginia and Illinois State.

The selection of the academician leaves vacant only the position of commissioner in major-league baseball's hierarchy.

Senator George J. Mitchell, the Senate majority leader, is considered a virtual certainty for that position unless he unexpectedly declines the offer when it is made.

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