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Myles Brand

4th Executive Director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
In office
Preceded by Cedric Dempsey
Succeeded by Jim Isch (Interim)

16th President of Indiana University
In office
Preceded by Thomas Ehrlich
Succeeded by Adam Herbert

14th President of University of Oregon
In office
Preceded by Paul Olum
Succeeded by David B. Frohnmayer

Born May 17, 1942
Brooklyn, New York
Died September 16, 2009
Alma mater RPI (B.S.)
University of Rochester (Ph.D)
Profession Academic Administrator

Myles Neil Brand (May 17, 1942 – September 16, 2009[1]) was president of the United States' National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and prior to that served as the 16th president of Indiana University.


Personal life

Brand was born in Brooklyn, New York. He played lacrosse and basketball as a college freshman.[2] Brand earned his Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1964, and his Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1967.

Prior to serving at Indiana University, Brand was president at the University of Oregon from 1989 to 1994. Brand's other administrative posts include provost and vice president for academic affairs, Ohio State University, 1986–89; coordinating dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Arizona, 1985–86; dean, faculty of social and behavioral sciences, University of Arizona, 1983–86; director, Cognitive Science Program, University of Arizona, 1982–85; head, department of philosophy, University of Arizona, 1981–83; chairman, department of philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1972–80. He began his career in the department of philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 1967–72.

On January 17, 2009, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and that his long-term prognosis was not good.[3] He died of the disease on September 16, 2009.

Tenure at Indiana University

Brand was president from 1994 through 2002 of Indiana University, a nine-campus institution of higher education with nearly 100,000 students, 17,000 employees and a budget of $3.4 billion. Brand oversaw the consolidation of the IU Medical Center Hospitals and Methodist Hospital to form Clarian Health Partners in 1997. Also, under his leadership, the university's endowment quadrupled and it became a leader annually in terms of overall private-sector support.[4]

Brand may be best known for firing coach Bobby Knight in 2000. Reactions to the firing were varied; public opinion was split evenly with strong feelings one way or the other among virtually everyone. The night of the firing a crowd estimated at 2,000, consisting mostly of students, vandalized the Showalter Fountain, the university football field, and marched on the president's on-campus home, the Bryan House. During this unrest, Brand was hanged in effigy.[5] Despite his effectiveness as a fundraiser, Brand's firing of Bobby Knight caused his popularity among students and alumni to wane.

One of his most notable and nationally acclaimed speeches was to the National Press Club in 2001, entitled, 'Academics First: Reforming Intercollegiate Athletics'. He underscored the need for the academic community to acknowledge and address the disparities that exist between intercollegiate athletics and the true mission of higher education.[citation needed]

NCAA leadership

In 2002, roughly two years following the firing of Bob Knight, Brand left Indiana University to become president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, located in Indianapolis. Brand was the first college president to head the NCAA.[2]

Brand took the helm of the NCAA during a time when it was criticized for not valuing academics and education. Brand, a former college president and academic, was expected to bring new priorities to an institution previously governed by Cedric Dempsey, whose background was that of an athlete, coach and athletic administrator. Brand vowed to improve the overall experience for student-athletes, helping them attain both an education and increasing postgraduate opportunities. In a speech to the National Press Club, Brand said that "intercollegiate athletics can be a vital force in America's culture, exemplifying the positive spirit and values of our way of life," but he also expressed his strong belief "that academics must come first."

Brand has warned that the "arms race" among upper-echelon schools is the biggest dilemma confronting the NCAA's future success. "This This escalation -- this spiraling -- of success demanding even more success has good people of noble intentions chasing both the carrot and their tails.", he said.[6]

Under his tenure the NCAA Executive Committee decided not to conduct championships on the campuses of member institutions where the use of nicknames and mascots representing American Indians is considered hostile and abusive.[citation needed]

Brand established a system for tracking each team's graduation rates, and brought attention to the fact that men's basketball teams had lower-than-average graduation rates.[2]

Following Brand's death, Senior Vice-President Jim Isch was named interim president on September 22, 2009.[7]


  1. ^ "NCAA president Brand loses fight with cancer". Associated Press via NBC Sports. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  2. ^ a b c Schudel, Matt (September 17, 2009). "Head of Indiana U., Then NCAA, Fired Coach Knight". Washington Post: p. B5. 
  3. ^ ESPN report of Myles Brand's illness
  4. ^ "Indiana University remembers its 16th president, Myles Brand". Indiana University. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  5. ^ Mike Wright. "A Knight to Remember". Indiana University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Brand tells delegates that fiscal responsibility is no myth". 2005-01-17. 
  7. ^ [ Senior VP Jim Isch named interim president Isch pledges to further Brand’s focus], NCAA News, September 22, 2009

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Paul Olum
President of the University of Oregon
1989 – 1994
Succeeded by
David B. Frohnmayer
Preceded by
Thomas Ehrlich
President of Indiana University
1994 – 2002
Succeeded by
Adam Herbert
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cedric Dempsey
Executive Director, NCAA
2002 –2009
Succeeded by
Jim Isch (interim)


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