NCAA President Mark Emmert to Address Knight Commission Fall Meeting on October 30


The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics co-chaired by Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and Carol Cartwright, president emeritus, Kent State University and Bowling Green State University. Speakers and panelists will include Mark Emmert, NCAA president; Ray Anderson, vice president for university athletics and athletics director at Arizona State University; Nancy Armour, USA TODAY sports columnist; and Ed Cunningham, former ESPN football analyst. (See the complete agenda below.)


The Knight Commission, which promotes reforms to strengthen and support the educational mission of college athletics, will hear from NCAA President Mark Emmert about recent policy changes and top priorities for the future. College sports executives and other experts will discuss issues impacting college football with a focus on health and safety initiatives and player benefits.


Monday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT.

Following the sessions, media will have an opportunity to interview panelists and Knight Commission leadership. Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m. EDT.


Grand Ballroom, Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Media workroom will be available from 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. EDT in the Fillmore room.


Sessions are open to the media and public. RSVP for the meeting. Any additional questions, please email Chelsea Spring at


Follow @KnightAthletics for the latest developments from this meeting. Photographs and highlights from the meeting will be posted on following the event.

Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics: Public Meeting Agenda (Grand Ballroom)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: A Conversation with NCAA President Mark Emmert
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Break
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.: Key Issues in College Football


  • Ray Anderson, vice president for university athletics and athletics director, Arizona State University
  • Nancy Armour, columnist, USA TODAY
  • Steve Broglio, director, NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory and Associate Professor of Kinesiology, University of Michigan; CARE Consortium co-PI
  • Ed Cunningham, film and TV producer; former football analyst for ABC and ESPN; and former NFL and college football player
  • Bob Gardner, executive director, National Federation of State High School Associations

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.: Break

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.: Report on study of insurance and medical coverage/benefits for Division I college athletes

  • Jon Oliver, former executive associate athletics director, University of Virginia

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.: Press Conference, Taylor Room

Knight Commission Co-Chairs Carol Cartwright and Arne Duncan will take questions from the media

About the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

The Knight Commission was formed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in October 1989 to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports. Over the years, the NCAA has adopted a number of the Commission’s recommendations, including the rule that requires teams to be on track to graduate at least 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason competition. The Commission’s Athletic and Academic Spending Database provides financial data for more than 220 public Division I institutions, creating greater financial transparency on athletics spending.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

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