Mark Emmert

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Dr. Mark Emmert

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Dr. Mark A. Emmert became the fifth president of the NCAA in October 2010. As president he has championed greater support for student-athlete wellness and academic success. His commitment to the academic success of athletes is also reflected in newly heightened academic standards for initial eligibility. Additionally, he ushered the Association into a new Division I governance structure.

Prior to assuming his current role, Emmert served as president of his alma mater, the University of Washington, beginning in 2004 and has been named president emeritus. During his tenure, the university rose to its standing as second among all public and private institutions in research funding with $1.3 billion in annual grants and contracts. Under his leadership, the university concluded a $2.6 billion fundraising campaign. 

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Emmert was chancellor of Louisiana State University from 1999 to 2004. He served as provost and chancellor of the University of Connecticut (1995-1999), provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University (1992-1995), and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Colorado (1985-1992).

A Washington native, Dr. Emmert earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and has both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Emmert holds an honorary doctorate of humanities degree from Monmouth University and an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Molloy College.

Emmert and his wife, DeLaine, have two adult children and three grandchildren.