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President Johnson joins College Football Playoff Board of Managers

CFP determines college football’s national champion

Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson has been named to the College Football Playoff Board of Managers.

The board is made up of presidents and chancellors from the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and independent Notre Dame. Johnson will represent the Big Ten Conference, replacing Penn State University President Eric Barron.

President Kristina M. Johnson“As someone who was afforded significant academic opportunities as a result of my participation in sports, I have long recognized the importance of collegiate athletics and championed access to them for every student who desires it,” Johnson said. “I am proud to have played a key role in preserving the 2020 Big Ten Conference fall season at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic and am looking forward to continuing my advocacy and working with the other presidents and chancellors on the College Football Playoff Board of Managers.”

“We are delighted that President Johnson will serve on the Board of Managers,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “President Johnson’s experience as a leader in higher education and as a former student-athlete will provide great perspective for the board.”

“We are grateful to add President Johnson to the College Football Playoff Board of Managers to represent our conference and its 14 world-class member institutions,” said Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren. “President Johnson, who replaces retiring Penn State University President Barron, will make an immediate and profound impact in this critical role as we embrace opportunities related to the College Football Playoff system.”

The board governs the College Football Playoff business, property and affairs. The board develops, reviews and approves annual budgets, policies and operating guidelines.

The CFP determines college football’s national champion on the field, while emphasizing the significance of the regular season, where every game counts. Ohio State won the inaugural CFP National Championship in 2015 and has been to the playoff four times, most recently participating in the 2021 national championship game.

Johnson joins leaders from the American Athletic, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Pac-12, Southeastern and Sun Belt conferences and the University of Notre Dame.

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