The NCAA Board of Governors on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend President Mark Emmert’s contract through Dec. 31, 2025, the association announced.
Prior to Tuesday, the most recent action on Emmert’s contract had been to extend his deal through 2023, with an option to extend it through 2024.
The board’s move comes amid a time of tumult for the association’s central office, which has taken heavy criticism recently for the inequality of workout facilities provided for athletes participating in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The episode prompted the association to hire an outside law firm to examine gender equity in all of its championships.
Emmert has been the association’s chief executive officer since 2010. That gives him the second-longest run in the job to that of Walter Byers, who headed the organization from 1951 to 1988.
Emmert was credited with just over $2.7 million in compensation for the 2018 calendar year, according to the NCAA’s most recently available federal tax records.
The news of Emmert extension was presented by the NCAA in an unusual way — not as a separate announcement, but rather as the fourth item in an otherwise relatively mundane release about various developments from the board's meeting. It was presented under a heading that read: "Other business".
Emmert has been under such intense scrutiny for the association's recent missteps that during a Zoom teleconference April 1 that was held in connection with the men's basketball Final Four, he was asked point-blank: "From the people who question the NCAA's role in some of the things that have transpired, why should you be the leader of this organization?"
Emmert replied: "Whether I'm the leader or not is not up to me. That's that's up to the Board of Governors. They're my bosses. I work for a board that represents all the universities in all three of the divisions.
"My role is to do my job and do it to the best of my ability. And I'm very confident that that I'm capable of doing that. But that's that's not my decision. I don't hire myself. The board does that.
"And I know there's been plenty of things that have been done poorly or misses that we've had over the years. And I'm certainly happy to take my share of responsibility for that. I don't pretend like I'm infallible, or that we've done everything perfectly, or that I've done everything perfectly. I've made plenty of mistakes and and I've learned from them. But who runs the NCAA as president is not my decision."
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