The School of Informatics and Computing mourns the passing and pays tribute to the life of former IU President (1994-2002) Myles Brand, who passed away on Sept.16 from pancreatic cancer.
“Myles Brand laid the foundation for the School of Informatics and Computing as well as the broader vision of excellence in information technology at Indiana University” said School of Informatics and Computing dean Bobby Schnabel. “His vision for excellence in IT in hiring Michael McRobbie as vice president in 1997, and the leadership of President Brand as well as founding dean Mike Dunn and then vice president McRobbie, led to the path-breaking formation of the School in 2000 including securing substantial funding from the State of Indiana.”
When President Brand moved on to become president of the NCAA in 2003, he remained a loyal and helpful supporter of IU and the School of Informatics and Computing, including serving as a member of the School of Informatics and Computing Dean’s Advisory Council.
“Myles’ most significant accomplishments while he was President of Indiana University were the creation of the School of Informatics and Computing and the significant improvement in information technology infrastructure at IU,” said founding dean Mike Dunn. “I continue to be grateful for his faith and support in making me the founding dean of the School of Informatics and Computing. Myles was an old friend, and I miss him deeply. His wife Peg and his son Joshua, who are very much in my thoughts, can take great pride in Myles’ accomplishments as a ‘change agent,’ not just at IU, not just in the NCAA, but across academe quite generally.”
All of us at the School of Informatics and Computing are grateful to Myles Brand for his vision in creating our School, a vision that will touch many lives for decades to come.