As many readers already know, Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg resigned to go make rich at the Big Ten Network. Official rationale: "Parts of the routine were bothering me more than they used to."
Let the search and speculation begin, presented first by Chip Brown at DMN who says we might go in a different direction. Weiberg was, apparently, a uniter who lead quietly yet effectively:
Britton Banowsky Conference USA commissioner
Dan Beebe senior associate commissioner of the Big 12
Karl Benson Western Athletic Conference commissioner
Rick Chryst Mid-American Conference commissioner
Bill Hancock Bowl Championship Series administrator
Craig Thompson Mountain West commissioner
Brad Traviola assistant commissioner of the Big Ten
Mark Womack Executive associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference
To Dan Beebe's credit the article does more specifically address why he might be a good leader, with continued endorsement by K-State AD Ken Weiser, who was also a personal fan of Kevin Weiberg. Beebe sounds like a no-nonsense candidate who isn't afraid to make aggressive decisions. Maybe that's what we need.
Since the list is largely foreign to me, I invite readers to comment on any candidates that leap off the page at them.