NCAA announces current US governor as next president of organization
NCAA president Mark Emmert will soon step down, and that has led to a nationwide search for his replacement.
On Thursday, the NCAA announced that the search was over, and current Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker would be the next president of the organization.
Per a release from the NCAA, Baker will assume his new role in March of 2023 after his term as governor ends in January:
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) today announced that Charlie Baker, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will serve as the next NCAA President, assuming the role effective March 2023. A former collegiate athlete at Harvard, Governor Baker is credited with bringing bipartisan leadership to the state, successfully guiding Massachusetts through an exceptionally turbulent period for government officials. In addition to his two terms as Governor, he brings decades of experience spearheading transformations at high profile institutions in the private and public sectors.
Governor Baker’s appointment marks the culmination of a comprehensive and inclusive national search process, led by a subcommittee of the NCAA Board of Governors and TurnkeyZRG, the top search firm in the space (which recently placed the commissioners of the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12). Baker’s term as Governor ends January 5, 2023.
Baker issued a statement saying he’s excited for the next chapter of his career:
“I am honored to become the next president of the NCAA, an organization that impacts millions of families and countless communities across this country every day,” said Governor Baker. “The NCAA is confronting complex and significant challenges, but I am excited to get to work as the awesome opportunity college athletics provides to so many students is more than worth the challenge. And for the fans that faithfully fill stadiums, stands and gyms from coast to coast, I am eager to ensure the competitions we all love to follow are there for generations to come. Over the coming months, I will begin working with student-athletes and NCAA members as we modernize college sports to suit today’s world, while preserving its essential value.”
Baker, a Republican, is currently finishing up his second term as the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard, where he played on the men’s basketball team.