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NCAA president Mark Emmert stepping down after 12 years

Mark Emmert will step down as president of the NCAA by mutual agreement with the association’s Board of Governors, the association announced Tuesday.

He will continue to serve in the position until June 2023, or when a successor is in place.

Emmert has served in the position since October 2010. That gives him the second-longest run in the job to that of Walter Byers, who headed the organization from 1951 to 1988.

In April 2021, the board had voted to extend his contract through Dec. 31, 2025. Prior to that move, the most recent action on Emmert’s contract had been to extend his deal through 2023, with an option to extend it through 2024.

Tuesday’s announcement came with the NCAA in the midst of major reorganization of its governance structure that began with the approval of a new constitution in January. The organization and its leadership also have faced criticism on an array of issues from gender equity, to its handling of rules enforcement, to athlete compensation, to its strategy in legal cases including an antitrust case in which the Supreme Court last June ruled unanimously against the NCAA.

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“With the significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of this decision provides the Association with consistent leadership during the coming months plus the opportunity to consider what will be the future role of the president,” NCAA Board of Governors Chair John J. DeGioia, the president of Georgetown University, said in statement. “It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption.”

In the same statement, Emmert said: “Throughout my tenure I’ve emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes. I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of…

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Publish date : 2022-04-26 22:49:03

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