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Coleman reappointed to Board of Governors

Higher education leader to serve again as one of five independent members

The NCAA’s top governing body has reappointed Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities, to an additional term of service. Coleman currently serves as one of five independent members on the NCAA Board of Governors.

To ensure staggered terms among the independent members, Coleman initially was appointed to a one-year term, automatically renewable for an additional three-year term.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges in higher education and the world, and the next year will be critical for the NCAA. Because of this, I no longer believed it would be prudent to step away,” Coleman said. “I look forward to the additional time to provide my perspective on how best to address these important issues and continue enhancing the experience for college athletes while maintaining our values.”

The board sought nominations in February in anticipation of Coleman completing her term after the August 2020 board meeting. It approved Coleman’s reappointment via an electronic vote last week.

Before her role at AAU, Coleman served as university president at Michigan and Iowa, vice chancellor at North Carolina, provost at New Mexico, and a biochemist and faculty member at Kentucky. Time magazine named her one of the nation’s 10 best college presidents, and the American Council on Education honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

“Mary Sue is an invaluable contributor to our deliberations and brings a wealth of experience, great judgment and courage to her decision-making,” said Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of Ohio State. “She is wonderful to work with.”

NCAA membership voted in January 2019 to have external leaders join active college and university presidents on the board, which sets the direction for the future of college sports in all three NCAA divisions. The five independent leaders modernize and provide increased objectivity to the Association’s highest-ranking governance body.