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 62 – Aid for Student-Athletes
June 25, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 63 – Charles Bloom & CoSIDA
July 2, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 64 – DII Summit & VP Mike Racy
July 9, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 65 – DI Overrides
July 16, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 66 – Sports & Timing
July 23, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 67 – NCAA & Football Leagues
July 30, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 68 – NBA & Gambling
August 6, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 69 – NCAA Intern Program
August 13, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 70 – DII & Make-a-Wish
August 20, 2007
Mondays with Myles: Episode 71 – Final Four Seating
August 27, 2007