The Academy mourns the loss of Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award winner Dr. Myles Brand.

Brand, the NCAA president, died after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, 16 September 2009, at the age of 67.

Brand was the first university president to lead college sports’ largest governing body. During his stint as NCAA president, Brand called on colleges and universities to improve the safety of college football. He also implemented and advocated sweeping reforms in the role of academics in college athletics.

The Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to both sports and society for at least a quarter of a century.