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Emmert's lecture on "The Collegiate Model for the 21st Century," presented as part of the WCSU President's Lecture Series, will be at
Emmert, who became the fifth president of the
"The true value of college sports, the reason we as an Association do what we do, goes far beyond the games we love," Emmert wrote in his president's message (http://www.ncaa.org/about/who-we-are/office-president) posted on the
"Nearly 20 percent of student-athletes are in the first generation of their families to attend college," he observed. "And for many of those student-athletes, that fact is made possible by the
In August, the
Emmert noted that more than eight in 10 student-athletes earn bachelor's degrees, with student-athlete graduation rates consistently higher than those for the general college student population. "These young people use their education as a springboard to a future they may not have been able to envision for themselves without college sports," he said. "We all know that most of our student-athletes are not going to play professional sports. But we can rest assured they are going to live better lives for having played college sports."
Prior to assuming his current position at the
Previously, he held top administrative positions as chief operating and academic officer at the University of Connecticut from 1995 to 1999, and as chancellor of
Emmert has written extensively in professional journals about topics in higher education and public administration. He is a member of the
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