An Era of Reform and Advocacy: 2003 – 2009
Myles Brand became President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2003—the first university president to ever lead the organization. Because of his experience, Brand brought a new perspective to the NCAA that emphasized academics and understood how to approach athletics as part of a larger educational whole.
Brand sought to affect a cultural change with the NCAA, creating an organization that was more responsive to student-athlete needs and encouraged greater oversight by university presidents. Early on in his tenure, he identified two essential goals that characterized the legacy of his tenure: academic reform and equity advocacy.
Brand firmly believed that intercollegiate athletics differed from professional sports by virtue of student-athletes being students first. His “value-based vision of intercollegiate athletics”—which he called The Collegiate Model—emphasized that student-athletes attended college to learn and eventually graduate. Their athletics should not obstruct or interfere with that goal.
During his tenure, the NCAA became more willing to consider student-athlete concerns—all while protecting their educational right to be a student. Brand helped introduce the new Graduation Success Rate (GSR) to more accurately assess graduation rates and the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which could track student-athlete progress and hold universities accountable for their success.
Throughout his career, Brand was also a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion, continually expanding the scope of NCAA initiatives to address issues of injustice regarding race, gender, sexuality, and disability. He created the NCAA’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion in 2005 and sought to restructure the hierarchies of power that prevented true equity within athletics.
The archives below are a collection of his significant writings, speeches, and other works during his tenure as President of the NCAA—organized chronologically.
Mondays with Myles: Episode 52 – HBCUs
April 16, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 53 – Virginia Tech Shooting
April 23, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 54 – Missing Graduations
April 30, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 55 – Text Messaging
May 7, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 56 – Baseball & APR
May 14, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 57 – 35 Years of Title IX
May 21, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 58 – Leadership
May 28, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 59 – Athletics Subsidized
June 4, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 60 – University Presidential Leadership
June 11, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 61 – Pregnant Student-Athletes
June 18, 2007