NCAA President

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.

NCAA President

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