On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that Mark Emmert will be stepping down from his role as president after 12 years at the helm of collegiate athletics. Emmert, 69, will remain in his current role until a new president is announced or until June 30, 2023, whichever comes first.
"Throughout my tenure I've emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes," Emmert said in a news release. "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 the national office staff here in Indianapolis."
The decision was the result of a mutual agreement between Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors, according to the news release. Intercollegiate athletics continues to undergo seismic changes as student-athletes have been granted rights and compensation opportunities through NIL legislation that was previously outlawed. The NCAA also established a new constitution in January that redirects some of its authority over to its member institutions.
"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," said NCAA Board of Governors Chair John J. DeGioia. "It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption."
Emmert served as president of the University of Washington and chancellor of LSU prior to becoming the fifth president in NCAA history in 2010.