FSC names 69th honorary
LAKELAND, Fla. (March
6, 2003) - Dr. Myles Brand, new president of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) will be honored as the 69th honorary
chancellor for Florida Southern College. Ceremonies will take place
in Branscomb Auditorium on March 21 at 10:10 a.m.
Brand, former Indiana University (IU) president, has advocated wide
reforms in college athletics. His appointment by the NCAA executive
committee served to show its support for the academic success of
student-athletes, according to committee chair Robert Lawless in
an Oct. 10 Associated Press release. Brand began his five-year contract
"Dr. Brand is an esteemed academic leader," said FSC president Thomas
L. Reuschling. "He has the perspective to refocus the NCAA on the
student athlete. We are fortunate to have him on our campus so early
in his tenure at the NCAA."
Brand came to IU after serving as president of the University of
Oregon from 1989 to 1994. He has also held positions at several
other universities, including provost and vice president for academic
affairs at Ohio State University; dean of the college of arts and
sciences, dean of the social and behavioral sciences, and chair
of the philosophy department at the University of Arizona; and chair
of the philosophy department at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Brand holds bachelor's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., and the University of Rochester,
N.Y., respectively. He has received an honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters and an Alumni Association Fellows Award from Rensselaer;
Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest state award in Indiana; and
the Academic Freedom Award from the Association of American University
Deeply involved in professional and civic associations, Brand has
served on the boards of corporations, hospitals, banks, and academic
institutions. He has volunteered his services to the community through
the League of Women Voters, United Way, Red Cross, and numerous
Brand's distinguished list of publications and presentations covers
a wide variety of academic and educational issues. He has written
six books and given presentations at universities around the country.
"It is an honor to have Myles Brand on our campus," said Lois Webb,
FSC's athletic director. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our
students and faculty to become more acquainted with NCAA interaction
with education." In its history, Florida Southern has won 24 national
championships, including 14 in men's and women's golf and eight
in baseball. FSC's student/athletes as a whole maintain a 2.88 GPA.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.