BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will serve as the next president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) after his second term in office ends.

Baker, who declined to run for a third term, will start the new position in March 2023, according to a statement from the NCAA.

The NCAA cited Baker’s experience in bipartisan policymaking and connections to college athletics.

Baker played on the men’s basketball team at Harvard University and his wife was a collegiate gymnast at Northwestern. Two of Baker’s three children are also former college athletes.

“Governor Baker is deeply committed to our student-athletes and enhancing their collegiate experience,” Linda Livingstone, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, said. “These skills and perspective will be invaluable as we work with policymakers to build a sustainable model for the future of college athletics.”

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“I’m excited to meet him,” Providence College Men’s Basketball Coach Ed Cooley told 12 News. “I’m on a different committee for the NCAA and I want to see what he brings. I trust that the board chose a good person to take over what I think is an organization in flux that needs some repairing, some fixing.”

Current NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert announced in April he would be stepping down after 12 years in the position. Emmert will stay on as a consultant through June 2023, according to the NCAA.

Baker will take over during a tumultuous time for the organization.