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Choosing a new NCAA chief: President Ray heading the search

Posted October 29th, 2009 by simmonto

Once again, Oregon is playing a significant role in the leadership of the NCAA.

As collegiate athletics’ governing body announced today, OSU President Ed Ray is the new chair of the NCAA Executive Committee; in that role, he’ll also chair the search for a replacement for the late Myles Brand, who died in September after a long battle with cancer.

NCAA watchers and Oregonians know well that Brand’s previous role was as president of the University of Oregon. His successor at the UO, Dave Frohnmayer, served on the NCAA Executive Committee during Brand’s leadership stint. The Beaver State has been well represented, indeed.

Through Ray, the NCAA search is certainly in capable hands. He is not only a respected economist, who served as provost and economics department head for years at The Ohio State University before coming to OSU in 2003, Ray is now the Oregon University System’s longest-serving current president. During tough economic times with no small amount of instability in the air, having an experienced hand providing leadership should serve the NCAA well.

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