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NCAA names Duncan to top enforcement post

Jonathan Duncan has been selected as the NCAA’s vice president of enforcement.

Before joining the NCAA in March 2013 as the interim vice president of enforcement, Duncan worked with the Association for 15 years as outside counsel from multiple perspectives, including service to both the Enforcement and Rules Working Groups.

“As interim vice president of enforcement, Jon led the team through a difficult time, and the enforcement team, and national office as a whole, grew and benefited from his service.” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “As Jon’s term as interim vice president drew to a close, I knew he was the best person to continue leading our enforcement team.”

“Over the past year I watched Jon lead his team with exceptional integrity and poise,” said Jim Isch, NCAA chief operating officer. “His leadership reestablished the confidence of his staff and of the membership. I look forward to his continued success.”

As interim vice president of enforcement, Duncan focused on completing an in-depth review of all department policies and procedures, consulted with the membership about what they envision for the enforcement department and provided staff with new tools, training and other resources to develop investigative skills.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to continue leading this hard-working, talented staff,” said Duncan. “Our team provides a valuable resource to the membership – satisfying our charge to uphold integrity and fair play by conducting investigations that are fair, accurate, collaborative and timely. Together, we are ready to build upon the great work the enforcement team has already accomplished.”

Prior to joining the NCAA, Duncan was a partner at the law firm of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, LLP and spent the five years prior at another Kansas City firm, Husch Blackwell. At both firms, education and sports were the core of his work.  He first represented the NCAA in litigation in 1998. Since then, he has served as a legal advisor for the NCAA and offered legal counsel to NCAA committees, working groups and task forces. 

Duncan is a graduate of William Jewell College, now part of Division II, and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1995, where he was a published member of the Kansas Law Review.  After law school, he spent two years working as a law clerk for the Honorable D. Brook Bartlett, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Since then, he has spent much of his professional career forging relationships inside the NCAA national office and among the NCAA's member schools.