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Board of Governors appoints DeGioia as chair

Term effective immediately through August 2022

The NCAA Board of Governors has selected John J. DeGioia, president of Georgetown, as its chair. DeGioia will serve as chair of the Association’s top governing body through August 2022.

“I am honored to serve in this role during such an important time for intercollegiate athletics,” DeGioia said. “It is more important than ever that we ensure college athletics continues to navigate the current landscape consistent with our principles, values and purpose.”

Spalding President Tori Murden McClure served as the interim board chair through this month’s meeting and will be the board vice chair until January.

“As a board and representatives of the whole Association, we are committed to continually improving the higher education experience for college athletes,” McClure said. “Student-athletes are the center of all board decisions and discussions. Jack is an excellent leader as the group looks at how best to create opportunity for student-athletes.”

DeGioia also serves on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and is chair of the Division I Committee on Academics.

“Jack has a long tenure of providing leadership across higher education. I’m thrilled he will be serving as our chair and we will continue to have Tori’s leadership, as well,” said Randy Woodson, chancellor of NC State and a board member. “As an association, we continue to look for ways to best support student-athletes during this pivotal time in college sports and higher education. I look forward to John serving in this role as we continue these efforts.”

Along with five independent members, the board includes presidential leadership across all three NCAA divisions.

“While the student-athlete experience is different across all three divisions, we are equally committed to ensuring the board sets policies for the entire Association that focus on student-athletes,” said Sandra Jordan, South Carolina Aiken chancellor and a board member. “I look forward to continue working alongside Jack on these efforts, especially during this important time for college sports and higher education.”

A graduate of Georgetown, DeGioia served as a senior administrator and faculty member in the department of philosophy before becoming president July 1, 2001. He is past chair of the board of directors for the American Council on Education and is chair of the board of directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education. He previously served as a commissioner on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. DeGioia earned both his bachelor’s degree in English and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown.