Former Northwestern Associate AD for Strategic Initiatives and Communications Paul Kennedy was officially named the Big Ten conference’s Vice President of Sports Communications Monday afternoon.

Kennedy, who had been with Northwestern since 2012, “will oversee communications operations for all 28 Big Ten Conference-sponsored sports” according to a release from the B1G Monday evening.

“I am thrilled to welcome Paul and Scott to the Big Ten Conference,” deputy commissioner Diane Dietz said. “Their extensive leadership and experience within collegiate athletics will help the conference continue to provide best-in-class service to our member institutions, student-athletes, and media partners.”

This announcement comes just days after reports surfaced that Northwestern’s football program is being investigated for hazing, the details of which contain reports of sexual harassment and, according to statements from some former players, a “culture of racism.”