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Governance

The Company

CFP Administration, LLC, manages the administrative operations of the College Football Playoff. Members of the company are the 10 FBS conferences (American Athletic, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Pac-12, Southeastern and Sun Belt) and the University of Notre Dame.


Board of Managers  (11 university presidents and chancellors)

The company’s business, property and affairs are governed by the board. The board develops, reviews and approves annual budgets, policies and operating guidelines. It also appoints and removes officers of the company. It has authority over all aspects of the company’s operations.

  • Eric Barron – President, Penn State University (Big Ten)
  • Rodney Bennett – President, University of Southern Mississippi (C-USA)
  • Anthony Frank – President, Colorado State University (Mountain West)
  • Burns Hargis – President, Oklahoma State University (Big 12)
  • Jack Hawkins – Chancellor, Troy University (Sun Belt)
  • Rev. John Jenkins – President, University of Notre Dame (Independent)
  • Mark Keenum – President, Mississippi State University (SEC)
  • Max Nikias (chair) – President, University of Southern California (Pac-12)
  • John Thrasher – President, Florida State University (ACC)
  • Satish Tripathi – President, University at Buffalo (MAC)
  • Gerald Turner – President, Southern Methodist University (American Athletic)

Management Committee  (10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director)

The committee manages day-to-day operations of the company. It has authority over those aspects of the company’s operations that are not reserved exclusively for the board, but all of its decisions are subject to review by the board.

Company Officers  (Serving at the direction of the Board of Managers)

The company president, Bill Hancock, and secretary, Michael Kelly, carry out the day-to-day operations of the company. Hancock’s and Kelly’s formal titles are Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, of the College Football Playoff.