Mark Emmert

President, NCAA

Sunday, October 11 at 6:20 pm CT

Mark A. Emmert became the fifth president of the NCAA in October 2010. During his tenure, Emmert has championed greater support and opportunity for student-athletes in all divisions and sports. His commitment to academic success, well-being and fairness has resulted in several initiatives, such as the creation of the NCAA Sport Science Institute, the Commission on College Basketball and increasing student voices throughout the governance process. 

Before the NCAA, Emmert was president of his alma mater, the University of Washington. Under his leadership, the university rose to second among all public and private institutions in research funding. Emmert previously served in many higher education capacities. He has been the chancellor at Louisiana State University and provost and chancellor at the University of Connecticut, and has held various academic administrative positions at Montana State University-Bozeman and the University of Colorado.

Emmert is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the former chair of the executive group of the Worldwide Universities Network and served on the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board among others. 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 graduated from Washington with a degree in political science and has both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.