Obituary of Myles Brand, former president of Indiana University

The Indiana University family mourns the loss of President Emeritus Myles Brand.

Brand became Indiana University’s sixteenth president on August 1, 1994. Philosopher, faculty member, and university administrator, he presided over a period of remarkable growth at IU, including record student enrollments and national leadership in information technology and the life sciences, while maintaining the university’s traditional strengths in the arts and humanities.

TIME magazine named IU Bloomington “College of the Year” among research universities in September 2001, based on the quality of its programs to help incoming students adjust to college life. Under Brand’s leadership, research grants and contracts more than doubled, and IU received the largest single private gift in its history, a $105 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund the Indiana Genomics Initiative. In 2001, IU was the leading public university in private-sector support. Brand left IU in 2002 to assume the position of president with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

“Myles Brand will be remembered among those very rare individuals who have made a truly transformative difference in the life of Indiana University,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie.

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Present and former IU colleagues remember Brand