On March 1, 2023, the NCAA officially welcomed its ninth president, Charlie Baker. The 66-year-old former governor of Massachusetts and private-sector CEO breaks the typical mold of college administrators at the helm of the organization, leaving commentators speculating about the potential for a more consensus-building approach. Baker, a Republican, governed the mostly blue state of Massachusetts. Baker stands alone as the first NCAA president with no professional experience in collegiate administration over the duration of the NCAA’s 113-year history. Baker also breaks a 20-year streak of college presidents leading the organization.
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