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 114 – Admission Standards

July 21, 2008



Mondays with Myles: Episode 115 – NCAA Enforcement

July 28, 2008



“Pay for Play is Fine—But Not in College Sports,” Huffington Post

August 20, 2008


“Why the Capitalism Argument on Pay for Play Doesn’t Work,” Huffington Post

September 6, 2008


“Fantasy Leagues May be Less Than They Seem,” Huffington Post

September 8, 2008


“Why the Fairness Argument on Pay for Play Isn’t a Fair Argument,” Huffington Post

September 12, 2008


“Don’t Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Myth,” Huffington Post

October 15, 2008


“The ‘Dumb Jock’ Myth is Dumb,” Huffington Post

November 9, 2008


“Getting a Grip on Fan Behavior in College Sports,” Huffington Post

December 12, 2008


“Give Optimism a Chance,” Huffington Post

December 21, 2008