Coach Pat Summitt
Oct. 21, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS--- University of Tennessee Lady Vol head basketball coach Pat Summitt will be a speaker at the upcoming tribute for former NCAA President Myles Brand, who passed away on Sept. 16, 2009, after a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The event will be held on Oct. 28 in Indianapolis, Ind., and will chronicle his many achievements and provide a revealing look at the important segments of his life and his professional career in higher education.
"The NCAA, and women's collegiate basketball in particular, benefitted from the strong leadership and vision Myles Brand provided throughout his tenure as president," Summitt said. "He has left an indelible mark on intercollegiate athletics and will be remembered as a champion of the student-athlete."
From his early days growing up in New York to his career as a faculty member, campus administrator, university president and ultimately chief executive of the NCAA, Brand's life will be remembered for his legacy of leadership. The tribute is presented by the NCAA, in conjunction with Indiana University.
"We look forward to honoring and celebrating a special colleague and friend," said NCAA Interim President Jim Isch. "We will remember and reflect on Myles' deep commitment to higher education and athletics, his love of family and friends, and his sense of adventure. This evening will serve as a fitting tribute of his life and his legacy."
Jim Nantz, CBS Sports' lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball and the Division I Men's Basketball Championship, will serve as host for the tribute event.
Joining Nantz will be numerous in-person speakers and others by video tribute. Artistic performances will include a poetry reading and live music. The full list of speakers and performers is below.
"Myles was a transformative leader and visionary president at Indiana University," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "We are honored to pay tribute to his life and his extraordinary accomplishments in both the academic world and at the NCAA."
The 90-minute tribute is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 28 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Friends, family and colleagues of Brand have been invited to attend, and a limited number of seats will be made available to the public. Requests for those seats can be submitted up to 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Oct. 26, through the NCAA website at www.ncaa.org.
All attendees will be invited to a reception immediately following the tribute, co-hosted by IU and the NCAA, in the Clarian Health Entry Pavilion at Conseco Fieldhouse. The tribute will be broadcast live nationally on the CBS College Sports Network.
IN-PERSON SPEAKERS Michael F. Adams, president, University of Georgia and chair, NCAA Executive Committee. Josh Brand, son of Myles Brand. Jocelyn Fisher, staff specialist at Duke University and former NCAA intern and student-athlete. Nils Hasselmo, former president of the Association of American Universities, president emeritus of the University of Minnesota and provost at the University of Arizona when Brand served as a department head and dean. Paul Hewitt, head men's basketball coach, Georgia Institute of Technology, and member of the NCAA Division I Basketball Academic Enhancement Group. Garrett Hongo, poet and distinguished professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon, where Brand served as president before moving to Indiana. Michael A. McRobbie, president of Indiana University, whom Brand originally hired at IU. Wallace Renfro, vice president and senior advisor to the president, NCAA. Pat Summitt, head women's basketball coach, University of Tennessee. Marshall Swain, emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of Philosophy, The Ohio State University, and Brand's graduate school classmate at the University of Rochester. John D. Walda, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and former chair of the IU Board of Trustees.
Birch Bayh, former United States Senator from Indiana and author of the federal Title IX legislation.
Evan Bayh, United States Senator from Indiana.
Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana.
Shirley Ann Jackson, president, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Brand's undergraduate alma mater).
Mike Krzyzewski, head men's basketball coach, Duke University.
Richard G. Lugar, United States Senator from Indiana.
David J. Stern, commissioner, National Basketball Association.
Sylvia McNair, acclaimed soprano and faculty member at the IU Jacobs School of Music.
John Mellencamp, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Indiana native who was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by IU during Brand's presidency.