Mark Newell, a four-year USGA Executive Committee member and current chair for the Rules of Golf Committee, has been nominated as president-elect of the United States Golf Association. The new officer position replaces the role of vice president, which was eliminated this year.
Newell served as USGA general counsel in 2011-12 and has focused significant efforts on a multi-year rules modernization project led by the USGA and The R&A. The McLean, Va., native received a masters of public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Newell’s experience with the legal system runs deep. He served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Partner of Lathan & Watkins LLP from 2002 to 2011, working in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to that, Newell was a law clerk to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Diana Murphy, the 64th president of the USGA, was nominated to serve a second one-year term. Newell is slated to take over following the end of her term.