Mark Emmert

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert (pictured below with senior infielder William Colantono) visited CSUN on April 12, experiencing the university’s commitment to student success, its rising Matador Athletics programs and how CSUN is using athletics as a tool for engagement. As part of the visit, Emmert highlighted how college sports serve as a pathway to opportunity through a focus on academics, student-athlete well-being and fairness. Emmert organized the trip to CSUN in part due to CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison’s service to the NCAA. “We are extremely privileged to have President Emmert at CSUN and to have him experience our student-athlete success firsthand,” said Harrison, who serves on the NCAA’s Board of Governors and the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. “Not long after he became president of the NCAA, I became president of CSUN and identified using athletics as a tool for engagement as one of the university’s eight key priorities. Athletics not only teaches values and life skills to our student-athletes, but it also builds community for all students and connects our alumni and supporters to CSUN.” During his visit, Emmert met with Matador student-athletes and coaches, as well as the Matador Achievement Center staff who support student-athlete academic success.