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President Emmert leaving UW

April 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Big news on the campus this afternoon: UW President Mark Emmert is stepping down to take over as CEO of the NCAA. “It is my great honor to accept this assignment,” Emmert said. “It is more than a new job for me. This is special. This is an opportunity to help shape one of the great American institutions.”

Emmert has been at the UW for the last five years, and he’ll start at the NCAA on November 1st. The previous NCAA CEO was paid $1.7 million a year, a big jump in pay over Emmert’s current salary of $905,000, reports the Seattle Times.

“It is a great loss for our UW community and all of higher education in Washington,” said UW Board of Regents Chair Herb Simon, who said a search committee will be appointed soon to begin looking for the next UW president.

“To my friends, colleagues, and students of the University of Washington, I offer a special word of thanks and appreciation,” Emmert wrote in an email. “It is never a good time to leave one great job for another. I relish the challenges at the NCAA but will always love my time here.”

“I am extremely proud and happy for my good friend and boss Mark Emmert,” said UW director of athletics Scott Woodward. “The NCAA could not have selected a more qualified and competent leader for the organization.”

We’re working on campus reaction, which we’ll post soon here and on The Daily.

Plus: Read NCAA’s press release on the announcement

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