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Daring To Be Bold: A Strategic Planning Update

By Glen Jones, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors

As we enter the final phase of writing the next strategic plan for the NCAA, I wanted to thank you for your candid and helpful feedback over the past 18 months. Our goal has been to create a strategic plan that is student-athlete centered, membership driven and supported, forward looking, and provides a clear articulation of the value intercollegiate athletics brings to the lives of students, to our campuses and to society.

While it has been rewarding to have so many groups affirm our draft statements of mission, vision, values and priorities, the current conversations surrounding intercollegiate athletics require that our plan be bold. The NCAA Board of Governors and each of the presidential governing bodies agree that it will take bold leadership from all of us to address the current, emerging and future challenges to intercollegiate athletics. Boldness will require that we unify in our approach regarding the unique role that athletics occupies on our campuses, at the national office and throughout our society. Boldness will require that we proactively share the incredible difference intercollegiate athletics is making in providing access to college and transforming the lives of student-athletes. Boldness also will require that we own up to our shortcomings. Finally, boldness will require that we become even more accountable to each other and united in our understanding that we, the members, are the NCAA.

Our mission, vision and values will serve as our North Star to ensure we remain true to the approximately 500,000 student-athletes we are blessed to serve.

Our goal is to submit a final draft of the strategic plan for approval to the Board of Governors in April, with hopes that implementation of the plan will begin in July. On behalf of the Board of Governors Strategic Planning Working Group, I thank you for your continuing support as we dare to be bold.

Glen Jones is the chair of the NCAA Board of Governors Strategic Planning Working Group.

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