NCAA President Mark Emmert gives a state of the NCAA speech at the organization's convention Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Eric Gay
February 01, 2016

NCAA President Mark Emmert has received a three-year contract extension that runs through October 2020.

The NCAA board of governors approved an extension during the convention last month in San Antonio and announced Monday that it had voted unanimously to make it a three-year deal with a one-year option.

''Mark has done an incredible job leading the Association through an unprecedented period of change and transformation,'' said Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz, who is the board's chairman. ''I and the board feel strongly that Mark is integral in leading the Association forward as we navigate the complex and challenging way ahead, while better supporting student-athletes.''

Emmert has led the NCAA since 2010. He was previously the president of the University of Washington.

''I appreciate the Board of Governors' unwavering support and partnership during this transformative time in college sports,'' Emmert said in a statement. ''I look forward to continuing to work together with colleges and universities, conferences and students as we further enhance the experience for our college athletes in the classroom, on the field and in life after sport.''

His tenure at the NCAA has been marked by dramatic changes in the way the association does business, including granting the five wealthiest conferences the ability to create to some rules without the approval of the other Division I conferences. With autonomy, schools voted to increase the value of an athletic scholarship to include the full cost of attendance.

The NCAA has also faced constant pressure from lawsuits during Emmert's time as president. The most high-profile litigation has challenged the way schools compensate athletes while on scholarship. Emmert has also faced criticism for the NCAA's seemingly inconsistent punishment of schools and coaches that break rules and for the handling of the association's case against Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.

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