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NCAA's Brand to be Honored by NACDA with Merit of Honor Award

March 4, 2009

Cleveland, Ohio - National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Myles Brand has been chosen as the recipient of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Merit of Honor Award. This marks just the sixth time in NACDA's 44-year history that the Merit of Honor Award has been presented. Brand will receive his award on Friday, June 19 at the NACDA Convention during Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Luncheon at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.

"NACDA's Merit of Honor Award is bestowed upon individuals that show a dedication to the betterment of intercollegiate athletics," stated Boston College Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo, NACDA Honors and Awards Committee Chair. "Myles devotion to our industry is unparalleled and we couldn't be happier to honor him at the 2009 NACDA Convention."

The Merit of Honor Award recognizes an individual "whose superior integrity is displayed in tireless commitment to the highest ideals of athletics in general and intercollegiate athletics in particular." The inaugural Merit of Honor Award was presented to former National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1989. NACDA 2nd President Bob Bronzan, former director of athletics at San Jose State University was the recipient in 1991; Joe Crowley, former president of the University of Nevada Reno and the NCAA, received the award in 1999; and former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager and coach of the U.S. Olympic team Tommy Lasorda and Ben Carnevale, retired director of athletics at the College of William and Mary and NACDA's president in 1979-80 were the award recipients in 2001.

"This award is a great honor," said Myles. "The infrequency with which it has been presented and the stature of the other recipients are testimony to the significance of NACDA's Merit of Honor Award. I am touched and deeply appreciative to be selected for this very meaningful award."

Brand is the fourth chief executive officer of the NCAA, assuming his duties as President on January 1, 2003. Prior to that, Brand was President of two major universities, Indiana University from 1994 through 2002, and the University of Oregon from 1989 to 1994.


 

 

Over the course of the past five years, Brand has led the most comprehensive academic reform package for intercollegiate athletics in recent history, refocusing the attention of the student-athlete, coach and administrator on the education of the student-athlete. He has helped toughen the guidelines for student-athletes and held institutions more accountable via the Academic Progress Rates (APRs), a scorecard that punishes teams whose athletes consistently fail to keep up in the classroom.

During his term he has also worked to reestablish more of a prominent role of university presidents in the governance of athletics programs and emphasized the educational value of athletics participation and the integration of athletics with the academic mission of higher education.

He has served as chair of the board of directors of the Association of American Universities (AAU), 1999-2000; a member of the board of directors, 1992-97, and executive committee, 1994-97, of the American Council on Education (ACE); and a member of the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), 1995-98.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 44th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the Athletics Director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.