New NCAA President Marks Change from Long Line of Predecessors in College Administration

March 9, 2023

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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