Prior to taking over at the NCAA, Emmert had served as president of his alma mater, the University of Washington (2004-2010), and Louisiana State University (1999-2004). At Washington, he was credited with leading the largest fundraising campaign in school history and building the university into a research powerhouse.
Before his days as a college president, Emmert served in a variety of executive-level roles at universities from cost to coast--the University of Connecticut, Montana State University and the University of Colorado. He was also a member of the NCAA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics.
When he was announced as the NCAA's new president, Emmert said he was "honored" to accept the position.
"It is more than a job for me," Emmert said at the time. "This is special. This is an opportunity to help shape one of the great American institutions."