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Leyden to leave the NCAA

Eligibility Center, vice president will leave the NCAA in October.

Todd Leyden, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center, is leaving the NCAA this fall.

After about 10 years at the national office, Leyden is moving to Wisconsin to become executive director at Fort Wilderness, a Christian camp near Rhinelander. His last day at the NCAA is Oct. 10.

Leyden and his family have been affiliated with Fort Wilderness for 20 years through family camps, men's retreats, youth camps and Fort Wilderness-sponsored trips. The medical infirmary at the camp is named after Leyden's son Payton, who died 15 years ago.

"During the past three years, my wife Robyn and I have sensed a calling to ministry through creation, hiking and one's personal story and life journey," Leyden said in a recent letter to campus leaders announcing his departure. "This opportunity aligns with the calling we and others see for our lives."

Leyden was first hired as a management consultant by the NCAA as the Association sought to strengthen its initial eligibility certification process. He then was named to run the Eligibility Center, previously known as the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs, said he will begin a search soon to replace Leyden by the end of the calendar year.

"Todd has provided invaluable and forward-thinking leadership for our members and prospective student-athletes and their families for a decade," Luck said. "I wish him and Robyn all the best in this new chapter of their lives."