NCAA president Mark Emmert to step down, effective no later than June 2023

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As the NCAA continues its wave of change, there will be a new face at the top of its national office.

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced president Mark Emmert will be stepping down from his role either when a new president is selected or until June 30, 2023. Emmert has been the president of the NCAA since April 27, 2010, after previously serving as the president at the University of Washington and chancellor at Louisiana State University.

"Throughout my tenure I've emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes," Emmert said in the release. "I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis."

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Emmert's decision to step down was announced by NCAA Board of Governors Chair John J. DeGioia as a "mutual agreement" between the two sides.

"With the significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of the decision provides the Association with consistent leadership during the coming months plus the opportunity to consider what will be the future role of the president," DeGioia said in the release. "It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption."

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Emmert's abrupt announcement of stepping down within the next 14 months comes just about a year exactly to when Emmert was signed to an extension to be the president of the NCAA through the end of 2025, which was unanimously approved by the NCAA Board of Governors. Emmert's original contract would have expired in 2023.

The extension signed by Emmert came at a time when the NCAA was facing public outrage over the disparities between the men's and women's Division I basketball tournaments. Just under three months after Emmert's extension, a report found the NCAA had "helped to create, normalize and perpetuate gender inequities" and that the men's tournament was prioritized "over everything else," according to The New York Times.

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That same summer, the NCAA adopted an NIL policy that allowed college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, a drastic change by a governing body that had previously been staunchly against any attempt by student-athletes to profit in their capacity as athletes.

Further change is expected to come to the NCAA after member schools adopted a new constitution in January that could begin the NCAA's transformation over the next year in what could drastically change the landscape of college sports.

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Edward Sutelan is a content producer at The Sporting News.