Murthy departs Board of Governors, nominated to be U.S. surgeon general again
Dr. Vivek Murthy has stepped down as one of five independent members of the NCAA Board of Governors. Murthy was nominated by President Joe Biden to become the next U.S. surgeon general, a position he held from 2014 to 2017.
Murthy was one of the original independent appointees to the NCAA’s top governing body in April 2019. The members were added to the committee of college and university presidents to provide increased objectivity and outside perspectives to college sports and higher education.
“Vivek has been an important presence on our board during a very challenging time for intercollegiate athletics,” said John J. DeGioia, board chair and president of Georgetown. “His insights have been invaluable during difficult decision-making, and we have greatly benefited from his experience and expertise. Vivek is a terrific example of the valuable perspectives we gain from having independent members on our board.”
During his time on the board, Murthy served on the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel to guide its response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. The panel included leading medical, public health and epidemiology experts from their respective fields of study and NCAA member schools. The insights of panel members, including those of Murthy, were integral to the board’s decision to cancel the 2020 basketball tournaments and all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also served as chair of the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee, which oversees the process for reviewing select complex infractions cases in Division I.
“College sports as a whole has greatly benefited from Vivek’s expertise, leadership and counsel,” said Donald Remy, NCAA chief operating officer. “Vivek considers student-athletes at the forefront of all discussions with thoughtful perspectives informed by data and best practice. We have gained much from his impressive medical expertise, keen judgment and deep insights. He will be missed, but we look forward to all that he will accomplish for our nation.”
“It has been a great privilege and deeply fulfilling experience to serve our nation’s student-athletes on the Board of Governors of the NCAA,” said Murthy. “I joined motivated by a desire to safeguard the health, well-being and future of student-athletes. I’m grateful for the steps we took toward this mission over the last year and a half. And while there is more work to do, I leave with even greater appreciation for the commitment to these values held by the NCAA staff and my fellow governors — leaders who stood together and led with courage during the unimaginable challenges posed by COVID-19.”
The NCAA is seeking nominations for an independent board member from the medical or health care industries to fill the vacancy. Nominations may be submitted by NCAA members or the public until Feb. 19 via the NCAA Program Hub. The Board of Governors Executive Committee, which includes presidents and chancellors from all three divisions and the board’s lead independent member, is the nominating committee for independent board members and will make recommendations to the full board for approval.