New Orleans–I ran into Clark Kellogg, the lead basketball analyst for CBS, on the way in yesterday. He’s generally regarded as one of the nicer guys in the game (he stopped for pictures with probably a dozen people walking through the airport), and he offers as thoughtful commentary as anyone on the sport.
An Ohio State graduate, he was appointed to the university’s 19-member Board of Trustees in June 2010 and has found the experience to be one of the more rewarding ones of his career.
He didn’t quite expect the level of work it would involve. “It’s almost a full-time job,” he says. “But it’s a major responsibility and I’m taking it seriously.”
In addition to the heap of reading to stay on top of and the countless invites to university functions, he is involved in a student-affairs committee and has offered feedback on a new university advancement model and changes to athletics compliance.
Other universities have former athletes serving as trustees, but Kellogg believes he is the first to serve on Ohio State’s board. (Brandon Mitchell, a former Buckeye football standout, was appointed as the graduate/professional student trustee just as Kellogg started his appointment.)
Having both of them on the board during the university’s recent NCAA investigation was invaluable, Kellogg says. “Brandon, in particular, offered a really neat insight from someone who was in the locker room,” he says. “I think it would benefit more universities from having that perspective.”