Molloy College Commencement Address
Dr. Mark A. Emmert, President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will be the featured speaker at the College's 2012 commencement ceremony slated for Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Dr. Emmert will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree (LL.D.) during the ceremony.
Dr. Emmert became the fifth president of the NCAA in October 2010. Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Emmert had been president of his alma mater, the University of Washington, since 2004, where he led the university to its standing as second among all public and private institutions in research funding with $1.3 billion in grants and contracts per year. During his tenure, the university also concluded a $2.6 billion fundraising campaign. Before returning to his alma mater, Dr. Emmert was chancellor of Louisiana State University from 1999 to 2004.
Among his administrative appointments in higher education, Dr. Emmert was provost and chancellor at the University of Connecticut (1995 to 1999), provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University (1992 to 1995), and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Colorado (1985 to1992).
Dr. Emmert has written extensively on higher education and public administration over a career that spans the last 30 years. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was previously an American Council on Education Fellow, and a J. W. Fulbright Administrative Fellow. A Washington native, Dr. Emmert earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Washington and has both a master's degree and a Ph.D in public administration from Syracuse University.