NCAA and UofSC presidents discuss leadership, college athletics

Updated 2/18/16; 5:50 p.m.

Great leaders are not born, rather they are honed over time, NCAA President Mark Emmert told University of South Carolina students at the annual President's Leadership Dialogue.

"We tend to think about heroic leaders," Emmert says. "The realities of leadership are more about the day-to-day habits ... about a lifetime cultivating the skills, talents and resilience that make someone a leader."

Emmert and UofSC President Harris Pastides, who has served as chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors since January 2015, discussed some of the key issues facing the NCAA, such as safety both on the field and off, including the appointment of a chief medical officer to pull together some of the great minds at the NCAA's member institutions and helping fund research that will make sports safer for student-athletes.

President Harris Pastides is passionate about helping students develop their leadership skills. That’s why he created the Carolina Leadership Initiative in 2010, which includes an annual President’s Leadership Dialogue that makes leaders from various fields and backgrounds available to students and the campus community.

Pastides will welcome NCAA President Mark Emmert on Feb. 18 for the fifth annual dialogue. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the event at 4:30 p.m. in the W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall at the Darla Moore School of Business. It will feature an address by Emmert, a conversation with Pastides and a question and answer session with the audience.

Listen up

We caught up with President Pastides to discuss his thoughts on leadership as a university president and as chairman of the NCAA Division I board of directors, a position he has held since January 2015. Listen to the audio.

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