NCAA President Myles Brand died Wednesday at his Indianapolis home following a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer, the national body announced. He was 67.
After serving as president at Indiana and Oregon, Brand took his position atop the NCAA in January 2003.
Last December, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and later said the long-term prognosis for his condition was “not good.”
He worked at his office until this month, the NCAA said in a release.
“Myles Brand was a dear friend and a great academic leader. He was a tireless advocate for the student-athlete,” said Michael Adams, chair of the NCAA executive committee and president at Georgia. “Indeed, he worked to ensure that the student was first in the student-athlete model. He will be greatly missed.”
One of Brand’s enduring legacies will be the Division I Academic Progress Rate which he pushed for. It measures individual teams’ academic success.
Brand, a 1964 Rensselaer graduate, is survived by his wife, Peggy, and one son, Joshua.