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"Myles brought an honest and clear vision to the NCAA that inspired everyone who came in contact with him," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. "Myles listened, explained his position and acted. It was evident it was his goal to make every aspect of the NCAA better."
In January, Brand announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and that his long-term prognosis was not good. He continued working while undergoing treatment, though he did reduce his public appearances. Brand skipped awards presentations in Orlando, Fla., and San Antonio this summer before accepting an award in Indy in late June.
The NCAA has not yet announced who will replace Brand or when a search for his successor might begin.
Two of the leading candidates are believed to be Georgia president Michael Adams and University of Hartford president Walter Harrison, who have served as prominent NCAA committee chairmen in recent years. Also expected to contend is NCAA executive vice president Bernard Franklin.
"I believe being the first university president to be the head of the NCAA set a different tone and a different standard for the NCAA that has been well received by faculty and administrators, both in and out of intercollegiate athletics," Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said.
Before taking over at Indiana, Brand spent five years as president at the University of Oregon. He also held administrative posts at Ohio State and led the philosophy departments at the University of Arizona and Illinois-Chicago after starting his career as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Brand earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., in 1964 and received a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Rochester in 1967. He is survived by his wife and a son.
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