Duncan, Tagliabue Join Knight Commission on Athletics

January 28, 2016

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics now counts among its members a former National Football League commissioner and a former U.S. secretary of education. The commission on Wednesday announced three new appointments: Paul Tagliabue, who was commissioner of the NFL for nearly two decades; Arne Duncan, who recently stepped down as U.S. secretary of education; and Anna Spangler Nelson, a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors who is also chair of Spangler Companies, a private investment firm.

"The Knight Commission understands very well both the economics of higher education and the escalating costs of intercollegiate athletics," Tagliabue said in a statement. "I look forward to participating in its work that can help shape new policies re-emphasizing the educational opportunities and priorities for student-athletes."

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