(From the NCAA)
The NCAA introduced yesterday that Charlie Baker, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will function the following NCAA President, assuming the position efficient March 2023. A former collegiate athlete at Harvard, Governor Baker is credited with bringing bipartisan management to the state, efficiently guiding Massachusetts via an exceptionally turbulent interval for presidency officers. Along with his two phrases as Governor, he brings a long time of expertise spearheading transformations at excessive profile establishments within the personal and public sectors.
Governor Baker’s appointment marks the fruits of a complete and inclusive nationwide search course of, led by a subcommittee of the NCAA Board of Governors and TurnkeyZRG, the highest search agency within the area (which just lately positioned the commissioners of the ACC, Pac-12 and Large 12). Baker’s time period as Governor ends January 5, 2023.
“We’re excited to welcome Governor Charlie Baker to the NCAA and looking forward to him to start his work with our group,” stated Linda Livingstone, President of Baylor College and Chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, who helmed the presidential search committee. “Governor Baker has proven a exceptional skill to bridge divides and construct bipartisan consensus, taking over complicated challenges in revolutionary and efficient methods. As a former student-athlete himself, husband to a former faculty gymnast, and father to 2 former faculty soccer gamers, Governor Baker is deeply dedicated to our student-athletes and enhancing their collegiate expertise. These expertise and perspective can be invaluable as we work with policymakers to construct a sustainable mannequin for the way forward for faculty athletics.”
“We all know that to achieve success, the NCAA president must possess the power to steadiness competing priorities, encourage a shared imaginative and prescient, and create a broad sense of belief,” stated Grant Hill, an impartial member of the NCAA Board of Governors and member of the presidential search committee. “As Governor of Massachusetts and a profitable personal sector CEO, Charlie Baker has demonstrated the kind of results-oriented, bipartisan method that we might want to bolster the well-being of student-athletes, notice the alternatives and overcome the challenges dealing with the NCAA.”
Governor Baker arrives on the NCAA at a second of serious transformation. Authorized shifts within the setting surrounding faculty sports activities have challenged the NCAA’s skill to function an efficient nationwide regulator for school athletics, leading to an untenable patchwork of particular person state legal guidelines. Partnering with federal policymakers to develop a constant, sustainable authorized framework to handle points widespread to student-athletes and athletic departments throughout the nation can be a prime and fast precedence. All through the search course of, Governor Baker’s historical past of efficiently forging bipartisan options to complicated issues stood out to the search committee as uniquely suited to the NCAA’s current wants.
“I’m honored to turn out to be the following president of the NCAA, a corporation that impacts tens of millions of households and numerous communities throughout this nation each day,” stated Governor Baker. “The NCAA is confronting complicated and important challenges, however I’m excited to get to work because the superior alternative faculty athletics supplies to so many college students is greater than well worth the problem. And for the followers that faithfully fill stadiums, stands and gymnasiums from coast to coast, I’m keen to make sure the competitions all of us like to observe are there for generations to come back. Over the approaching months, I’ll start working with student-athletes and NCAA members as we modernize faculty sports activities to swimsuit immediately’s world, whereas preserving its important worth.”
Because the NCAA strives to boost the expertise of greater than 500,000 younger those that compete in faculty sports activities annually, student-athletes’ enter factored considerably within the growth of the president’s job description.
“As a student-athlete consultant on the search committee, I targeted my conversations with Governor Baker round lots of the points that student-athletes face immediately,” stated Isaiah Swann, a former baseball student-athlete on the College of Texas-Dallas and a present second 12 months MD-PhD pupil on the College of Virginia. “All through our discussions, he not solely demonstrated a command of the highest points confronting faculty sports activities however, extra importantly, additionally displayed empathy, open-mindedness, and a want to raised perceive and deal with student-athletes’ views. The Baker household’s connection to collegiate athletics runs deep. He’s one in every of us. He thinks like a student-athlete and can lead us ahead with our views in thoughts.”
Previous to recruiting candidates, the search committee spent months figuring out and assessing the qualities most wanted within the group’s subsequent president, together with enter from greater than 300 particular person NCAA stakeholders.
Governor Baker succeeds Dr. Mark Emmert, a passionate chief and ambassador for school sports activities. Dr. Emmert will proceed to serve the NCAA as a advisor via June 2023.
Governor Baker can be charged with constructing on the NCAA’s ongoing transformation efforts. In early 2022, the NCAA ratified a brand new structure, assigning higher powers of self-governance to every of its three divisions, its dozens of athletic conferences, and its member colleges. The NCAA additionally appointed committees in Divisions I, II, and III to implement the brand new consitiution at their respective ranges, together with a Division I Transformation Committee. The Division I Transformation Committee is now concluding its work placing ahead a complete sequence of suggestions to modernize Division I to raised help immediately’s student-athletes.
Baker is a graduate of Harvard, the place he was a member of the lads’s varsity basketball group, and holds a Grasp’s of Enterprise Administration from the Kellogg Faculty of Administration at Northwestern College.
The NCAA’s search committee consisted of:
- Linda Livingstone, president, Baylor College
- Mary-Beth Cooper, president, Springfield Faculty.
- Beth DeBauche, commissioner, Ohio Valley Convention.
- Grant Hill, impartial member, co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks.
- Jere Morehead, president, College of Georgia.
- Steven Shirley, president, Minot State College.
- Isaiah Swann, former baseball student-athlete on the College of Texas at Dallas.