NCAA VP to speak at Arlington Memorial HS commencement

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ARLINGTON — Former women's basketball star and current college basketball executive Anucha Browne will be Arlington Memorial High School's commencement speaker.

Browne currently serves as the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships. During her four years with the Northwestern University Wildcats basketball team, she was twice named as a Wade Trophy, given annually to the top NCAA Division I women's basketball player, and Naismith Trophy, given annually to the top male and top female player in college basketball, finalist and was a three-time member of the All-Big Ten Conference and Women's Sports Federation All-American teams. Browne was selected as one of the top ten Northwestern athletes of the 20th century and the college's top athlete of the 1980's. She still holds the Big Ten Conference record for scoring 2,307 points and 951 rebounds. Browne was inducted into Northwestern's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

After graduating, Browne played for Team USA in the 1985 Jones Cup in Taiwan, scoring five points and helping the team to a gold medal, their second Jones Cup win in two years. When the Women's National Basketball League formed in 1996, she applied for the league's draft despite being 10 years removed from her college career, but she was not selected.

After her basketball career, Browne worked for IBM for 11 years, where she oversaw the company's sports-related marketing activities, including at the Olympic Games in 1996, 1998, and 2000. Soon after she began working for the New York Knicks, and from 2002 to 2006 was senior vice president of marketing and business operations for the team. She is a board member of both the Black Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, and was also previously the senior associate athletics director for marketing at the University of Buffalo.

"I knew she could deliver a message that would be both powerful and memorable," said AMHS Principal Tim Stewart, who invited Browne to speak, "At AMHS, we strive to impress the importance of respect, responsibility, and accountability, and Ms. Browne encompasses all of these traits and more. We are honored to have her with us on such an important day."

The ceremony will take place in the AMHS gymnasium at 12 p.m. on Saturday June 10.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB


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