MSU’s Hollis to take on another national role

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Mark Hollis

Mark Hollis is spending this year as the chair of the NCAA men’s basketball committee, and when that is done, he’ll move on to another significant national role.

The Michigan State athletics director has been named as first vice chair of LEAD1, formerly known as the D1A Athletic Directors’ Association, a group that intends to play a leadership role in shaping the future of collegiate athletics.

Michigan State made the announcement on Wednesday and said Hollis will assume the chairmanship of LEAD1 on July 1, 2017, taking over for Jack Swarbrick, the vice president and director of athletics at Notre Dame.

“LEAD1 is a collection of amazing leaders that care about college athletics and the value that participation has on our students,” said Hollis, whose five-year term on the men’s basketball committee ends after this season. “Jack Swarbrick provides tremendous leadership for the organization. I’m honored to follow him, as he has positioned us well for the future.”

LEAD1 is an association representing the 129 ADs from the NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, which are located in 44 states across America. Essential to the LEAD1 mission are influencing how the rules of college sports are enacted and implemented, advocating for the future of college athletics, and providing various services to the members, ranging from professional development to pooled purchasing arrangements.