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|4th Executive Director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association|
June 8, 2002 – September 16, 2009
|Preceded by||Cedric Dempsey|
|Succeeded by||Jim Isch (Interim)
|16th President of Indiana University|
June 2, 1994 – May 28, 2002
|Preceded by||Thomas Ehrlich|
|Succeeded by||Adam Herbert|
|14th President of University of Oregon|
January 3, 1989 – May 18, 1994
|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)
Myles Neil Brand (May 17, 1942 – September 16, 2009) was the 14th president of the University of Oregon, 16th president of Indiana University, and 4th president of the United States' National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Brand was born in Brooklyn, New York. He played lacrosse and basketball as a college freshman. 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. In 2003, he received an honorary degree in Doctor of Humane Letters from Oglethorpe University.
On January 17, 2009, it was announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and that his long-term prognosis was not good. He died of the disease on September 16, 2009. He is interred at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
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.
Brand may be best known for firing men's head basketball coach Bob 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. Despite his effectiveness as a fundraiser, Brand's firing of Bobby Knight caused his popularity among students and alumni to plummet.
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.
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.
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 escalation -- this spiraling -- of success demanding even more success has good people of noble intentions chasing both the carrot and their tails," he said.
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.
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.
- Schudel, Matt (September 17, 2009). "Head of Indiana U., Then NCAA, Fired Coach Knight". Washington Post. p. B5.
- "Honorary Degrees Awarded by Oglethorpe University". Oglethorpe University. Archived from the original on 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
- ESPN report of Myles Brand's illness
- "NCAA president Brand loses fight with cancer". Associated Press via NBC Sports. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- "Indiana University remembers its 16th president, Myles Brand". Indiana University. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- Mike Wright. "A Knight to Remember". Indiana University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Brand tells delegates that fiscal responsibility is no myth". 2005-01-17. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- Senior VP Jim Isch named interim president Isch pledges to further Brand’s focus, NCAA News, September 22, 2009
|President of the University of Oregon
|President of Indiana University