Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is about to take over as NCAA president Mark Emmert when he leaves his publish on the finish of February, the group introduced Thursday.
Baker, a Republican and a graduate of Harvard College, assumed his position as governor in January 2015 and has held positions in different workplaces of the Massachusetts government, together with secretary of well being and human providers and secretary of administration and finance.
“I’m honored to turn out to be the subsequent president of the NCAA, a company that impacts hundreds of thousands of households and numerous communities throughout this nation every single day,” Baker stated in a information launch. “The NCAA is confronting complicated and important challenges, however I’m excited to get to work because the superior alternative faculty athletics offers to so many college students is greater than well worth the problem. And for the followers that faithfully fill stadiums, stands and gymnasiums from coast to coast, I’m keen to make sure the competitions all of us like to comply with are there for generations to come back. Over the approaching months, I’ll start working with student-athletes and NCAA members as we modernize faculty sports activities to swimsuit at present’s world, whereas preserving its important worth.”
Because the NCAA nonetheless develops and navigates the murky waters of title, picture and likeness, the group famous the governor’s historical past of “efficiently forging bipartisan options to complicated issues.”
The Athletic first reported Baker’s new position.
“We’re excited to welcome Governor Charlie Baker to the NCAA and looking forward to him to start his work with our group,” Baylor College and NCAA Board of Governors Chair Linda Livingstone stated. “Governor Baker has proven a exceptional potential to bridge divides and construct bipartisan consensus, taking up complicated challenges in revolutionary and efficient methods. As a former student-athlete himself, husband to a former faculty gymnast, and father to 2 former faculty soccer gamers, Governor Baker is deeply dedicated to our student-athletes and enhancing their collegiate expertise. These expertise and perspective will likely be invaluable as we work with policymakers to construct a sustainable mannequin for the way forward for faculty athletics.”
Emmert announced in April he would step down from his position by 2023. He has been on the forefront of among the most transformative years in faculty athletics. The NCAA suffered a collection of damaging courtroom losses prior to now decade that peaked with the 9-0 Supreme Court docket ruling towards the NCAA in an antitrust case. The choice undercut the group’s potential to control faculty sports activities and prompted a complete overhaul the way it operates.
“All through my tenure I’ve emphasised the necessity to concentrate on the expertise and priorities of student-athletes,” Emmert stated on the time. “I’m extraordinarily pleased with the work of the affiliation during the last 12 years and particularly happy with the arduous work and dedication of the nationwide workplace employees right here in Indianapolis.”
Emmert was appointed to the job in April 2010.
The Related Press contributed to this report.