Mark Emmert announced his resignation yesterday, stepping down from the presidency of the NCAA, a position he has held since November 1, 2010.
There is a lot we can say, and have said, about the man and all the great things he accomplished as president. So here at Deadspin we’ve decided to list them all for you, so we can all take a look at the guy who’s done a lot for college athletics over the past two decades.
But before we get to that list, let’s look at the guy and how he got here.
Mark Emmert was born in Fife, Washington on December 16, 1952, which made him a Sagittarius. He attended Fife High School, graduating in 1971. While he was once president of the University of Washington, he did not attend Seattle School immediately after graduating from high school. He first went to Green River Community College in Auburn, WA. He studied for two years before transferring to the University of Washington in 1973, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He received a master’s degree in public administration in 1976 and a doctorate in 1983 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
With all this learning, Emmett entered group life as an administrator, jumping from school to school, starting with Northern Illinois University and then university. From Colorado in Boulder and then Montana, Uconn and LSU before returning to his state when he became president of the Washington Huskies in 2004.
But sports fans got to know Emmert when he accepted the position of president of the NCAA, the governing body for college sports, in 2010, a position previously held by Miles Brand.
This is how Mark Emmert got here, so without further ado, let’s count his great decisions as president of the NCAA.