Marquette University News Release

NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert to visit Marquette

August 6, 2013

Will join “On the Issues” forum at Marquette Law School, meet student-athletes

Event Information
Date: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Time: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Place: Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall

NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert will be the featured guest in an “On the Issues” public policy forum at Marquette Law School and attend a series of private meetings with members of the campus community during a visit to Marquette University on Monday, Sept. 16.

Emmert will join Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy and an award-winning journalist, for a wide-ranging discussion of college athletics from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

“I look forward to visiting Marquette University and meeting with people who truly are passionate about college athletics,” Emmert said. “Through my interactions, particularly with Marquette’s student-athletes, I hope to gain additional perspectives on the current landscape while answering any questions about the NCAA’s role and policies.”

Emmert also will speak with approximately 80 students from Marquette Law School’s renowned National Sports Law Institute, meet with Marquette President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. and Vice President and Director of Athletics Larry Williams, and hold a question-and-answer session with a group of nearly 300 Marquette student-athletes.

“As Marquette joins nine other prestigious academic institutions in launching a new era in the BIG EAST, now is an especially appropriate time to host a big-picture discussion about student-athletes,” Father Pilarz said. “This is a unique opportunity for our community to interact directly with the NCAA’s leader. Dr. Emmert’s visit underscores the role of Marquette, and Marquette Law School in particular, in convening substantive discussions with key decision-makers across a broad spectrum of public policy topics.”

Emmert became the fifth president of the NCAA in October 2010. The NCAA is a not-for-profit association of colleges and universities that conducts 89 championships in 23 sports in which nearly 55,000 student-athletes compete. The NCAA also develops national policy governing the conduct of intercollegiate athletics in three divisions for more than 1,000 institutions of higher education and more than 400,000 student-athletes.

Prior to assuming his current role, Emmert held a series of administrative appointments in higher education, most recently as president at his alma mater, University of Washington.

Emmert is a member of the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues as part of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the former chair of the Executive Group of the Worldwide Universities Network, and served on the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board.

Emmert is the latest guest in the “On the Issues” series, which has also featured Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske. Through the work of Gousha, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin, and other faculty, as well as high-profile lectures and conferences, the Law School will continue to explore issues that matter most in the region.

Seating for the “On the Issues” event is limited; guests interested in attending must register online. For those who can’t attend in person, all “On the Issues” events are streamed live online at the following website, which also contains archived video of past guests.

Media interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or

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