INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — NCAA President Mark Emmert is stepping down from his role.

NCAA Board of Governors chair John J. DeGioia announced the decision was a mutual agreement. Emmert will continue to serve in his role until a new president is in place or until June 30, 2023, KSNT reports.

“Throughout my tenure I’ve emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes,” Emmert said. “I am extremely proud of the work of the Association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis.”

The NCAA remains the biggest governing body in college athletics, but it has been under sharp criticism for years as too heavy-handed and even out-of-date with Emmert serving as the prime target.

“With the significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of this decision provides the Association with consistent leadership during the coming months plus the opportunity to consider what will be the future role of the president,” DeGioia said. “It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption.”

The announcement comes one year after the board approved a contract extension for Emmert that ran through 2025. His yearly salary was nearly $3 million.

Emmert led the University of Washington and LSU before becoming president of the NCAA in 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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