Gene Arthur Budig
- School University of Nebraska
Dr. Gene Budig is best known to baseball fans as a former American League president.
Born and raised in Nebraska, Budig worked as a newspaper reporter while attending the University of Nebraska. At age 34, he became president of Illinois State University in 1974. Three years later, he moved on to the same position at West Virginia University. From 1981 to 1994, he was Chancellor of the University of Kansas.
Budig became president of the AL in 1994 and held that position until early 2000. He was the last AL president, as the league merged with the National League to form Major League Baseball at that point. Since 2007, he has been a part-owner of the minor league Charleston RiverDogs.