Arne Duncan Joins Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics

Arne Duncan, until recently the U.S. secretary of education, has joined the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the commission announced on Wednesday. The commission, which has worked to reform college sports since its inception, in 1989, welcomed three new members in all.

“I’m delighted to join the Knight Commission, which has done so much to foster and protect athletics and academics,” Mr. Duncan said in a news release. “But we have a lot more to do to protect the integrity of college sports and strike a better balance between athletics and education. The Knight Commission must continue to help lead that urgent work.”

Mr. Duncan stepped down from his cabinet-level post at the end of last year, saying he wanted to move back to Chicago to be with his family. Mr. Duncan was also a prominent college athlete, serving as co-captain of Harvard University’s men’s basketball team.

The other two new members of the commission are Paul Tagliabue, a former commissioner of the National Football League, and Anna Spangler Nelson, a member of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors.

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