May 29, 2014
Northwestern Medal of Honor All-Time Winners
EVANSTON, Ill. - On Tuesday, June 3, Northwestern will unveil the school's 2014 winners of the Big Ten Medal Of Honor. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Conference's most prestigious award, which was first presented in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work. Big Ten schools currently feature more than 8,200 student-athletes, but only 24 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction.
In preparation for Tuesday's announcement, NUsports.com caught up with several former Wildcats winners and asked what it meant to them to be part of this exclusive group of Big Ten Conference student-athletes. Today we catch up with two-time Big Ten Women's Basketball Player of the Year (1984 and 1985) and 1985 Medal Of Honor recipient Anucha Browne.
Name: Anucha Browne
Graduation year: 1985
College major: Communication Studies
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Current occupation: Vice President, NCAA Women's Basketball Championships
Tell us what you've been up to since you left Evanston:
I spent 11 years with IBM Corporation, serving in a number of roles, most notably as a program manager in IBM's Worldwide Sports office and was responsible for leveraging IBM's technology investment in the Olympic Games, the NBA, the tennis Grand Slams, and the PGA. I also worked for the NY Knicks from 2000-06 as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Operations.
At the University at Buffalo, I served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Marketing where I was responsible for the marketing of revenue sports while overseeing the ticket operations, promotions, and corporate sales efforts for the division of athletics. I also served as the University's Senior Woman Administrator responsible for oversight of gender equity issues within athletics.
In 2012, I became the NCAA's vice president of women's basketball championships. In this role I am responsible for setting the strategic direction for, and overseeing the operation and management of, the Division I, II and III women's basketball championships.
I have three amazing children and a master's degree in communications from Florida State University.
What was your personal athletic highlight during your time at Northwestern?
Competing in the very first NCAA WBB championship tournament in 1982. It was the very first NCAA championship. We traveled to North Carolina State.
What does the Big Ten Medal Of Honor mean to you?
It is steeped in the history of the University and it makes me proud to be in the company of so many great NU athletes.
What is your favorite non-sports memory of your time at Northwestern?
Painting the rock.
Is there a person you met at Northwestern (teacher, coach, roommate, etc.) that had a sizable effect on you as a person?
Dr. Cynthia Patterson. She was the academic advisor. Dr. Patterson taught me how to be a student and was committed to my success as a student-athlete. She changed my life.
In your opinion, what makes Northwestern University special?
Commitment to turning out strong leaders. The concept of excelling in the classroom and on the field of play is embraced.
When was the last time you were on campus?
I come to campus quite a bit, as a proud mother, to watch my daughter compete at NU in another great sport under the leadership of a phenomenal coach, Kelly Amonte Hiller.
How much purple is in your closet?
What other color is there?
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