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NCAA president to speak on fiscal responsibility, Nov. 1

Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will speak on "Achieving Fiscal Responsibility in Athletics" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in McCosh 50.

Prior to joining the NCAA in 2003, Brand served as president of Indiana University. A former chair of the American Association of Universities, he sparked media attention and national debate about the role of athletics in higher education during his tenure at IU.

In a speech earlier this year to the National Press Club, Brand said that "intercollegiate athletics can be a vital force in America's culture, exemplifying the positive spirit and values of our way of life," but he also expressed his strong belief "that academics must come first." One of his most notable and nationally acclaimed speeches, "Academics First: Reforming Intercollegiate Athletics," was to the National Press Club in 2001. He underscored the need for the academic community to acknowledge and address the disparities that exist between intercollegiate athletics and the true mission of higher education.

With a Ph.D. in philosophy, Brand started his career as a faculty member and then moved into administration at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of Arizona, Ohio State University and the University of Oregon. His academic research investigates the nature of human action.

Brand's lecture is the inaugural event of the Princeton Varsity Club 's speaker series presented by Glenmede. It is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Athletics.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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