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Mark Emmert

President
NCAA

Mark A. Emmert

President

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Mark A. Emmert became the fifth president of the NCAA in October 2010. As president, he has championed greater support for student-athlete wellness and academic success. His commitment to the academic success of athletes is reflected in newly heightened academic standards for initial eligibility. Additionally, he brought greater focus to health and well-being through the creation of the NCAA Sport Science Institute and increased student voice through a new Division I governance structure.

Before the NCAA, Emmert was president of his alma mater, the University of Washington, beginning in 2004. Under his leadership, the university rose to second among all public and private institutions in research funding with $1.3 billion in grants and contracts per year. Washington also concluded a $2.6 billion fundraising campaign during his tenure. Emmert is also president emeritus of Washington.

Throughout his higher education career, Emmert has served in many capacities. His administrative appointments include chancellor of Louisiana State University (1999-2004), provost and chancellor of the University of Connecticut (1995-99), provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University-Bozeman (1992-95) and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1985-92).

Emmert is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues. He is the former chair of the executive group of the Worldwide Universities Network and served on the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was previously an American Council on Education Fellow and J.W. Fulbright Administrative Fellow. Emmert has written extensively on higher education and public administration throughout his career.

A Washington state native, Emmert graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political science and has both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. He holds an honorary doctorate of humanities from Monmouth University and an honorary doctorate of law from Molloy College. Emmert and his wife, DeLaine, have two adult children and enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren.

Wednesday, December 05

FEATURED INTERVIEW - State of College Sports: A One-On-One Interview with NCAA President Mark Emmert

In what has become Mark Emmert’s “state of college sports,” this is your opportunity to hear firsthand insights from the man leading the NCAA membership on the issues transforming college sports.

Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal / Daily / Global
Mark Emmert, President, NCAA