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NCAA President Mark Emmert Announces He's Stepping Down

Mark Emmert, NCAA president, speaks before the Final Four. His organization oversees major college sports, including FBS college football and Division I college basketball.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 04: President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Mark Emmert speaks to the media ahead of the Men's Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 04, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

NCAA president Mark Emmert will be stepping down from his position sometime in the next year.

NCAA Board of Governors Chair John J. DeGioia announced the mutual agreement on Monday. Emmert will continue his role as president until a new leader is selected or until June 30, 2023 -- whichever comes first.

"Throughout my tenure I've emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes," Emmert said in a release from the NCAA. "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."

DeGioia attributed the decision to the quickly-evolving landscape of college athletics. In addition to the new NIL laws, the NCAA adopted a new constitution in January that sees the organization take a more hands-off approach.

"With the significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of this 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. "It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption."

Emmert, 69, has been president of the NCAA since 2010.