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Amy Perko has served as executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics since 2005. In June 2010, the commission released its third major report – “Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values and the Future of College Sports.” In August 2011, the NCAA Board of Directors adopted one of the report’s central recommendations that will require teams to be on track to graduate 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason championships.
Perko serves as the Commission’s spokesperson, and has been quoted and interviewed by leading news media, including: USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and numerous public radio stations. Perko also presents the Commission’s work and recommendations at universities and various meetings, including the NCAA’s Scholarly Colloquium, Sports Business Journal’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, and various athletic conference meetings.
She has written published commentaries on college sports issues, including two published by The New York Times: "Promoting Academics in College Sports" and "Colleges Can Take Action Without an Athletes’ Union."
Having served in various leadership positions in sports for more than 20 years, Perko is a recognized leader on college sports issues. In January 2012, she received the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, which is given to six former college athletes on the occasion of their 25th anniversary from college participation in recognition of their civic and professional contributions.
Perko’s professional affiliations include serving on the United States Tennis Association’s National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) and Higher Education Committee and the Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Board.
A member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame, Perko was named to Co-SIDA’s Academic All-America basketball team three times and earned All-ACC honors twice. She was honored as an ACC Legend in 2005. In 2008, Perko was inducted into CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Perko graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1987 with a degree in history. She received the university’s award for excellence in history. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Richmond.
Perko worked at the NCAA for more than six years and then at the University of Kansas as the Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator, where she served on several Big 12 Conference and NCAA committees. In 2001, she was the first Team President named by the National Basketball Association (NBA) for one of its men’s basketball development teams, the Fayetteville Patriots.
Perko’s community and civic involvement includes serving on the Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors and as a girls basketball coach. She has been involved in coaching youth sports for over 10 years. She has previously served as President of the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, an organization that administered over $10 million in grants for early childhood development and education; and in leadership positions for other community organizations.