Mark Emmert will step down as NCAA president by mutual agreement with the association’s board of governors, the association announced Tuesday.
He will continue to hold the position until June 2023, or when a successor is in place.
Emmert has held the position since October 2010. This gives him the second-longest career after that of Walter Byers, who led the organization from 1951 to 1988.
In April 2021, the board voted to extend his contract until December 31, 2025. Prior to this decision, the most recent action regarding Emmert’s contract had been to extend his contract until 2023, with a option to extend it until 2024.
Tuesday’s announcement came as the NCAA was in the midst of a major overhaul of its governance structure that began with the approval of a new constitution in January. The organization and its leaders have also been criticized on a range of issues ranging from gender equity, to its handling of rule 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 significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of this decision provides the Association with consistent leadership over the coming months, as well as the opportunity to consider what the future role of the President will be,” said said NCAA Board of Governors Chairman John J. DeGioia. , the president of Georgetown University said in a statement. “It also allows the next president to be selected and recruited without disruption.”
In the same statement, Emmert said, “Throughout my tenure, I have emphasized the need to focus on the student-athlete experience and priorities. I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the past 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis.”
Emmert was credited with just over $2.9 million in compensation during the 2019 calendar year, according to the association’s latest available federal tax records. That figure included nearly $2.5 million in base pay.
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