Sept. 17, 2009
NCAA President Myles Brand, the first university president to serve as the Association's chief executive, died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer. He was 67.
"On behalf of the West Coast Conference, its member institutions and student-athletes, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dr. Myles Brand and his colleagues at the NCAA office. Dr. Brand transformed the Association into one which is squarely focused on the needs of student-athletes and fully supports the philosophy that athletics is integral to the educational mission of higher education. We are all better coaches, administrators, and student-athletes for his efforts."
- Jamie Zaninovich, West Coast Conference Commissioner
Brand, who began his tenure in January 2003 after having served as president at Indiana and Oregon, died at his Indianapolis home. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2008 and announced his condition to the NCAA Executive Committee, the national office staff and the leadership at NCAA member schools in January, saying the long-term prognosis for his condition was "not good."
The Official NCAA Release can be viewed here.