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U. of Washington's president tapped to lead NCAA

April 29, 2010

Mark A. Emmert, president of the University of Washington, has been hired as the next chief executive of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Tuesday's announcement came just over seven months after the death of Myles Brand, who had led the NCAA since 2003. A search firm had identified nearly 100 candidates since January, and a search committee had considered 32 "truly outstanding individuals" from higher education, corporate America, and government, said Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State University and chairman of the NCAA's executive committee.

Emmert, who has been president at Washington since 2004 and is a former chancellor of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, will be the second college president to lead the NCAA. He is expected to begin Nov. 1.


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