The Indianapolis-based NCAA has extended the contract of President Mark Emmert. The new deal will keep the organization’s fifth chief executive in place through October 2020, with the option for another year. Emmert took the job in 2010.
Emmert succeeded Jim Isch, who was leading the organization on an interim basis following the death of Miles Brand in 2009.
Board of Governors Chair Kirk Schultz, who also serves as president of Kansas State University, says "Mark has done an incredible job leading the Association through an unprecedented period of change and transformation. I and the board feel strongly that Mark is integral in leading the Association forward as we navigate the complex and challenging way ahead, while better supporting student-athletes."
The extension was approved during a quarterly meeting January 16 in Texas. In a news release, the NCAA says Emmert noted progress made during his time on the job in areas including academics, fairness and health and well-being. "I appreciate the Board of Governors’ unwavering support and partnership during this transformative time in college sports. I look forward to continuing to work together with colleges and universities, conferences and students as we further enhance the experience for our college athletes in the classroom, on the field and in life after sport," Emmert said.
He came to the NCAA after serving six years as president of his alma mater, the University of Washington.